Artist's kissing booth only for the brave

A few brave souls enjoy artist's kissing booth

ASHLEIGH STEWART
Last updated 15:44 25/02/2013
Audrey Baldwin
Iain McGregor
KISSING BOOTH: Audrey Baldwin offers a smooch for $2.

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Despite only a few brave Cantabrians willing to pucker up, Audrey Baldwin said laying her lips on the line for art was ''well worth it''.

The Christchurch artist's kissing booth was one of many attractions at the Re:Start mall over the weekend as part of the final weekend of the Art Beat initiative.

Selling kisses for $2 a pop at her ''germ-free'' kissing booth, which separated her from the punters with double-paned glass, Baldwin said she raised about $40.

''People had a good laugh. There wasn't quite as many brave souls engaging with my double-paned glass as I'd hoped, but it was good,'' she said.

''I was only out there for a few hours and the Christchurch public aren't the most outgoing audience so being able to get that much was great. I'm definitely not out there for the money anyway.''

The Art Beat initiative attracted musicians, dancers and artists attempting to bring life to the city centre.

The final weekend included a free concert to mark the launch of the Songs for Christchurch album which aims to raise money for community projects in the Christchurch rebuild.

Laying her lips on the line is just the latest project from Baldwin, who says she ''enjoy doing things that make people do a double take'' while trying to "make Christchurch a bit more interesting''.

While the funds she raised mostly went towards covering the cost of the stall, Baldwin managed to reward herself, and her lips, after closing.

''I managed to buy myself an icecream afterwards,'' she said.

 

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