Luminaries tag for art's sake

Last updated 05:00 13/05/2014
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NICOLE JOHNSTONE/ Fairfax NZ

WISHFUL TAGGING: Southern Steel co-captain Wendy Frew writing on the Dan Davin Literary Foundation I Wish I Could ... wall at Back 9 Design in Don St ahead of the community art project's launch. In the background are Southland Sharks co-captain James Paringatai and power forward Brian Conklin.

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Players from both the Southland Sharks and Southern Steel converged in the city yesterday and blatantly graffitied the wall of Back 9 Design in broad daylight.

But far from a clash of the sporting codes culminating in some light tagging, Sharks power forward Brian Conklin, co-captain James Paringatai and Steel co-captain Wendy Frew met on the street to help launch I Wish I Could ... a community art installation run by the Dan Davin Literary Foundation, part of the Southland Festival of the Arts.

Foundation trustee Lyndal Ludlow said I Wish I Could ... based on the work of US artist Candy Chang, was a way of engaging the public in a bit of light literary labour.

"It's all completely anonymous - although the words themselves will be recorded we'll have no way of knowing who wrote what. It will be wonderful to look at people's wishes and perhaps even learn what is really important to our community."

People are invited to come and grab a piece of chalk and "legally tag our wall," Ludlow said.

Steel captain Wendy Frew said it was a good initiative.

"It's nice for the Sharks boys and myself to get involved. Hopefully people's wishes come true."

I Wish I Could ... until Sunday, May 18, Back 9 Design, Corner of Don and Dee streets, Invercargill.

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