Wellington residents invited to bring to life an enormous painting
A new art project in Wellington is bringing people together, on a scale never seen before.
Wellingtonians are invited to be part of a giant painting, stretching across the fields of one of Wellington’s great park areas.
Norwegian-born artist and curator artist Siv B Fjærestad is working with public art producers Letting Space and in partnership with Wellington City Council to create an enormous artwork on the fields of Macalister and Liardet Street Parks, Berhampore: a dynamic colourful backdrop for people to play on.
They’re inviting the public to contribute activities and events on the painting, and head along on opening day Sunday 19 April for a programme of family events and a community picnic.
This unusual painting has been inspired by field markings, and the stories and activities of the many communities who use the parks: and their dreams for its future. Over 2013 Fjærestad and volunteers surveyed the local community and park users to inform the painting’s design and how it might be activated.
This is a painting for the public to both look at and play on, encouraging leadership from the community in valuing the park as a public commons. Macalister and Liardet Street Parks were selected, Fjærestad and Letting Space say, because they contain many diverse areas and different pockets of activity, and also sit between a number of suburbs and different communities.
“The painting design contains representations of statistical data and ideas for the park collected from the community, visual references to current activity and also to the landscape and its history,” says Fjærestad. “I’m also exploring the visual language of field markings and signage seen on sports and recreational grounds.”
Projected Fields has been funded by Wellington City Council’s Public Art Fund. For information: www.lettingspace.org.nz/projected-fields