Bus stop tops NZ contemporary art
Two Aucklanders have taken out the 2012 National Contemporary Art Award with a bus stop installation at the Waikato Museum.
Michael Parr and Blaine Western were among 230 entrants from around the country vying for the esteemed award and $15,000 prize money.
The duo were recognised for their winning achievement at a gala awards ceremony at the museum last night.
Their installation, titled Parallel of Life and Art, is constructed in the grounds of the museum and references Hamilton's employment of brutalist stylistics during the institutional building booms in the region during the late 1950s and 1960s.
Judge Caterina Riva said the finalists and the winner clearly challenged the usual ways in which art is made and presented.
"The winners have managed to address successfully the local content but have also been brave enough to make and position their work outside the museum, and doing that, engaging in a wider social conversation with the city," she said.
Riva chose the winning entry from 19 finalists which are featured in the award exhibition.
Aucklanders Oscar Enberg and Roman Mitch were recognised as merit winners.
The award was first launched by the Waikato Museum in 2000 and is sponsored by Barry Hopkins.
Members of the public can view Parallel of Life and Art from August 17 to November 18.
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