Evocative art rises from swamp city

19:40, Oct 04 2013
The Scape artwork Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers
Growing and glowing: The Scape artwork Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers is illuminated by night.

A new sculpture in Christchurch city centre comes alive at night.

Tree Houses for Swamp Dwellers, on the corner of Gloucester and Colombo streets, is one of the first major sculptures to be commissioned in the city centre since the 2011 earthquakes.

The 10 sculptures, by Christchurch artist Julia Morison, feature fibreglass rods that are illuminated by LED lights at night. Special creepers planted in the top of the sculptures will grow up the rods over time.

The artwork has been designed so it can be easily taken apart and relocated once the land is required for reconstruction.

The city centre site is earmarked for a new performing arts precinct.

The sculpture is one of two permanent and 11 temporary and public artworks installed in the city centre as part of the Scape Public Art festival, which started on Friday and will run for six weeks.

It forms the centrepiece of a festival hub including a coffee cart, information centre and education spaces.

The artwork is jointly funded by the Todd Foundation and the Christchurch City Council.