Judy Millar’s Explosion of Colour is on the Move
Judy Millar’s Call me Snake (2015) today weaved its way to a temporary location where it will be refurbished before reemerging for the SCAPE Public Art Season 2017.
The work originally formed part of SCAPE’s 2015 outdoor exhibition New Intimacies. It has been a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike bringing a welcome explosion of colour to central Christchurch.
The nine-metre tall sculpture, previously located on Armagh St at the top of New Regent St, has been hosted on land owned by Tailorspace who gave the land freely in support of its placement there. For now, partially hidden, the work will be refurbished then later reinstalled. The refreshed location will be revealed ahead of the annual SCAPE Season which runs for six weeks from early October.
The work, named Call Me Snake after a famous line from 1980s science fiction film Escape from New York, was lifted in parts onto 5 tonne steel blocks (in sections) using a crane then welded into place. Judy Millar has always hoped that the artwork would bring energy to the city and perhaps serve as a wayfinder. The sculpture is made of five intersecting flat planes of wood on a steel frame. The panels are clad in printed photographs of brushstrokes created by Millar and magnified by ten. These panels will be refreshed prior to reinstalling the sculpture.
Deborah McCormick, Director of SCAPE Public Art says that the continued support from Tailorspace for a central location provides a wonderful opportunity for people to see public art and to engage with their city in a positive way. “Call me Snake was Judy’s first public artwork and we have been thrilled by the overwhelming reaction it has received from the public. The artwork offers colour at the heart of our city, sparking people’s imagination amidst the rebuild”.
SCAPE Public Art runs an annual, six-week season of public art each year. With an established base of public artwork legacy pieces through the Central City, the annual seasons provide an opportunity to focus on the introduction of new works through a curated exhibition and a wider programme if events. The Season 2017 will run from 7 October - 18 November 2017. Heather Galbraith, Managing Curator, is currently selecting the artworks to exhibit from an impressive mix of New Zealand and international artists.