Damage to Artbox enhances artwork

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 05:00 19/07/2013
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DAMAGED: Jason Ware's sculpture, a normal dining suite and a specially designed steel frame, was damaged by wind.

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Mother Nature - not vandals - is responsible for damage to a sculpture which commemorates Cantabrians' strength after the quakes.

However artist Jason Ware, who created Halfspace, Bands 4 Life, says the damage caused by recent high winds might just add to the artwork's meaning.

He said repairs could be incorporated into the installation, which is on the Artbox site on the corner of High St and Madras St.

"In Christchurch now, it's about repairs and standing up to wear and tear. It's still about resilience and longevity and laughing in the face of destructive forces."

Ware planned to use most of the original material in the repaired piece.

He hoped to get some financial help for the job.

Unfortunately, the artwork has not escaped criminal hands altogether.

One of the dining room chairs was used to vandalise an Artbox Gallery acrylic window.

"I have been experiencing people destroying the work purposely ever since the installation and I have been regularly repairing it."

However, the wind damage was the worst it had sustained.

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