A Monument to the Present - The Connect Group in the community
Updated: Aug 23, 2020
Scape Public Art - Tom Dale's - Monument to The Present
What we did:
Arc Sprayed the Scape Public Art Monument with Zinc and then applied a coating.
SCAPE Public Art installs free-to-view contemporary public art in Christchurch city. Scape's vision is for Christchurch people to be excited, engaged and stimulated by the contemporary public art that is well regarded and known by the national and international art world.
UK-based artist Tom Dale contributes three works to SCAPE Season 2018: two works made in Ōtautahi (Christchurch) a sculpture Monument to the Present and a video work The Red Zone, plus an earlier video work A Cage for Voices.
This new sculptural work emerged after Dale spent time in Ōtautahi and Monument to the Present emerged from his observation of the challenges of having many voices and many perspectives vying to be heard, often representing conflicting ideas and imperatives. The imagery informing the silhouetted gesturing and pointing have been drawn from archival and contemporary media images from Canterbury and from existing figurative memorials in the city.