Date set for artwork's fiery end

Last updated 05:00 22/07/2013
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David Hallett
ARTWORK: Christchurch artist Hippathy Valentine's $60,000 sculpture.

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A large art installation being built in Christchurch city centre has a date for its fiery end.

The 40-metre long and 25-metre wide artwork Temple for Christchurch is being constructed of reclaimed timber.

The $60,000 artwork will be open to the public from September 1 to 14 on the former convention centre site on Kilmore St. People will be invited to write on the walls of the sculpture about things they want to let go of.

Then, on September 21, the sculpture will be taken to Motukarara Racecourse and burnt to the ground.

Artist and project leader Hippathy Valentine said the project would be cathartic.

"The installation takes an art therapy approach to the collective experience we have all been through.

"The Temple is a cathartic experience, providing a tangible way for people to purge the experiences written on its walls through fire."

Valentine is fundraising for the project.

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