Bands 4 Hope artwork gifted to Chch

Installation inspired by quakes gifted to city

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 15:39 20/02/2013
Daniel Tobin

Christchurch artist Jason Ware unveils his kinetic installation called Halfspace on the corner of Madras and St Asaph streets, to commemorate the second anniversary of the earthquake.

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Two years after the devastating Canterbury earthquakes, a three-dimensional artwork inspired by the tremors has been gifted to the city.

Mayor Bob Parker today revealed the artistic installation, a dining suite suspended using red and black Bands 4 Hope wrist bands in a steel frame, by Jason Ware at the ArtBox Gallery.

The surveyor and artist was inspired by his own experience with the Canterbury earthquakes.

"It's really based on my experience, mostly with the September quake actually. Waking up in the early hours of the morning with the furniture dancing around in the room, that was a big feed into this work," Ware said.

He wanted the artwork, called 'Halfspace', to be "playful" rather than dwell on the negative aspects of the quake.

"I also wanted it to be quite accessible for everybody, hence a dining suite. My intent with 'Halfspace' was to create a human-scaled work on which the public can reflect, a work that contains elements that can be found in any home and with which any member of the community could relate to."

Ware said the wrist bands symbolised the individual and collective strength of the Christchurch community.

The iconic red and black Bands for Hope wrist bands used in the installation have become a universal show of support for the people of Christchurch. 

Over 130,000 bands have been sold worldwide since they were launched immediately after the February 2011 earthquake.

Prince William even wore a pair during his visit to the shattered city.

The Bands 4 Hope appeal raised over $650,000 towards the Christchurch Mayoral Earthquake Fund.

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