Art installation turns heads

Last updated 11:53 20/02/2014
Art installation

ART AND ABOUT: Hannah McDougall lies flat on a table in a central Wellington window as part of an installation by art student Isobel Mebus.

Relevant offers


6000 Wellingtonians show support for palm oil labelling ahead of crucial vote Wellington blogger Lucy Revill becoming a big hit online Boogie Wonderland closes its doors as liquidators seek quick sale Seclusion room parents receive formal apology from Ministry of Education 94-year-old Wellington woman waits three months for caregiver after displacing hip Vigilante fears as tyres slashed near Wellington Airport Wellington dairy owner regrets actions after altering historic building without consent Holiday weekend drivers urged to be cautious around road works Good Grazing snack box delivery business is 'My Food Bag of snacks' Gable Tostee psychiatric report said he may have Asperger's syndrome

A woman in her underwear lying on a table in the front window of a prominent Wellington building has attracted a lot of attention from commuters this morning.

The Asteron Life Centre, at 55 Featherston St, is directly opposite Wellington train station.

With TVs playing political documentaries and speakers outside, Hannah McDougall, the woman on the table, is part of a performance art piece from Toi Whakaari, the New Zealand Drama School.

The artist behind the installation is final year student Isobel Mebus, and it includes two other performers inside the lobby.

Called "Circadia", project manager Jason Longstaff, who is in the lobby of the Asteron to make sure things go smoothly, said it was a response to the Millenial generation.

"This is about that age group born between 1980 and 2000 and the fact they are taking over the world now," Longstaff said. "It's about how blase they are about everything, it's trying to kick everyone into gear."

McDougall had spent 12 hours yesterday dancing on the table wearing a "V for Vendetta" anarchist's mask and is only allowed to take short breaks.

One of the other performers, inside the building lobby, is running a fake help desk. The art comes from the interactions with passers by who think it is real.

Longstaff said the piece would culminate at midday tomorrow with a "15 minute speech".

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Special offers
Opinion poll

What should happen with the Zephyrometer?

Build a new one just like the old one

Replace it with something completely new

Leave it as it is!

Clear the space - not a good place for a sculpture

Vote Result

Related story: Wind wand's future up in the air

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content