SCAPE 6 - Muegano | 2012/13
by Héctor Zamora
Muegano was envisioned by Zamora following a visit to Christchurch in 2009 where he reflected on the architecture of houses in the Christchurch suburbs. Zamora noted “many of (the houses) have the classic Western shape of the house that everybody knows and (children) draw; roof with two inclinations, four walls, windows and door at the front". He saw a reflection of this “classic Western shape” in the pre-fabricated greenhouse frames that are readily available in hardware stores, and specified them as the major structural components in Muegano.
The artwork was conceived by Zamora for the 6th SCAPE Public Art Christchurch Biennial in 2010, however its installation was halted in the early stages of construction by the Christchurch earthquakes. Following the earthquakes, the original location in Victoria Square became inaccessible and the artist, having survived the 1986 Mexico City earthquake, was sensitive to how Christchurch people might feel about the artwork and its tumbled appearance. The passage of time, and a new location in the lake next to the Information Centre and children’s playground in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, have allowed both the artist and SCAPE Public Art to be satisfied that the artwork is situated in a fitting space and that its message will be received as intended by the artist - as a comment on construction and urbanism in local culture.
The large-scale installation, Muegano, was erected in 2012 but was damaged irrevocably in the September 2013 storm. It was uninstalled in September and October 2013.
Image & video credits:
Muegano, Héctor Zamora, 2012/13
© SCAPE Public Art & Héctor Zamora
Héctor Zamora is a Mexican artist based in São Paulo, Brazil. Working extensively in public space over the past decade, the artist creates major works that often rearticulate the physical characteristics of a specific urban or architectural environment. Creating structures that enhance or highlight particular characteristics or patterns of social use of that space and environment, the artist often utilises materials that also carry a particular resonance within that location.
Zamora often draws the local community into the process of not only experiencing the work of art, but also as a part of the creation. The artist reimagines these public spaces through the implementation of sculptural additions made from materials with a specific significance within each site to interact with the community consciousness.
Héctor Zamora has worked extensively in public space over the past decade, creating major works for, among others, the Liverpool Biennial in 2010 and the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.
Zamora received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco, Mexico City in 1998. His solo exhibitions include Inconstância Material, Luciana Brito Gallery, São Paulo 2012; White Noise, Auckland Arts Festival, New Zealand, 2011; Paraísos Ofrecidos, El Eco, Mexico City, 2011, and Errante, Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, 2010. Zamora’s work has also appeared in group exhibitions worldwide, including Resisting the Present: Mexico 2000/2012; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France, 2012; 32° Panorama da arte Brasileria, São Paulo, 2011; Liverpool Biennial, England, 2010; 53rd Venice Biennial, Italy, 2009; 27th São Paulo Biennial, Brazil; 9th Havana Biennial, Cuba, 2006, and Eco: Arte Mexicano Contemporáneo, Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain, 2005.
Commissioned by: SCAPE Public Art Christchurch Biennial
Sponsored by: Naylor Love, BECA, New Zealand Steel, Anderson Lloyd Lawyers, John Jones Steel, Warren and Mahoney, Christchurch City Council, Heritage Management Services, United Scaffolding Group
Supported by: Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Dame Jenny Gibbs