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City artists answer call for new street art

Dec 19th, 2008 | By | Category: Latest News, News

“I DID THIS instead of going out” is one of the new messages displayed in Wellington’s “party central”.

This piece (right) by artist Sarah Maxey, is one of 16 new artworks displayed in light boxes at Courtenay Place Park.

Ms Maxey says her work shows a more domestic alternative to pounding the promenade or propping up a bar.

The aim of the exhibition, which differs from the usual sculptures seen around Wellington, was to take art from galleries and put it out on the street.

Senior City Gallery curator Heather Galbraith says the new exhibition – called Give Us a Sign – challenged the artists to do exactly that: give a sign, message, proclamation, warning, proposition or a way to make things better.

“The collective body of signs is to be mulled over by passers-by and drive-by viewers,” she says.

Council communications advisor Barbara Burke says since the signs were installed last week, the council has not received any formal feedback, but word of mouth indicates the public likes the boxes.

When the park was completed in May, the artwork was going to be displayed for only six months, but it has taken until now for the exhibition to be finalised.

It will be on show until June 14.

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