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Wanted

ARTWORK FOR THE GARDENS

 
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100%! We made it!
Thank you for Stepping up for public art in Christchurch

THANK YOU for donating $20,000 to make Diminish and Ascend permanent in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens

The seemingly infinite staircase sculpture Diminish and Ascend by David McCracken, presented by SCAPE Public Art, is a much-loved meeting point, picnic spot, place to ponder and avian playground in Kiosk Lake within the Botanic Gardens of Christchurch.

Originally designed to be a temporary showcase along the Public Art Walkway for the SCAPE Season 2016 festival in Christchurch, it has risen to become a favourite of locals and visitors alike.

In late 2018, an announcement was made by the Christchurch City Council that the sculpture would become permanent for Christchurch.
SCAPE Public Art is fundraising to keep it as a permanent piece of beauty, inspiration and optical illusion for locals and visitors to the Garden City.

Securing the campaign target of $20,000 will enable us to make the improvements required for this to become permanent in our city. Thank you to Friends of the Botanic Gardens and several other supporting partners.

Step by step, we made it to our target of $20,000 - everyone who donated has literally helped buy ‘the stairway to heaven' for Christchurch.

Thank you for being with us every step of the way!


Visitors exploring David McCracken  Diminish and Ascend  2013 during Opening Weekend of the SCAPE Season 2018. Image courtesy of SCAPE Public Art and Gow Langsford Gallery.

Visitors exploring David McCracken Diminish and Ascend 2013 during Opening Weekend of the SCAPE Season 2018. Image courtesy of SCAPE Public Art and Gow Langsford Gallery.

A little more about the sculpture:

The vertiginous Diminish and Ascend sits beautifully and thoughtfully within its surroundings in Kiosk Lake at the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. It rises up from the lake forming a seemingly infinite staircase ascending and disappearing into the surrounding tree canopy. Clever use of scale and perspective see the width taper off and step depth become smaller and smaller until reaching a single point at the top.