Sydenham wall gets new look

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 05:00 05/12/2011
concrete wall
KIRK HARGREAVES/ Fairfax Media
CAN-DO: Work begins on the shadowboard mural in Sydenham, part of the Christchurch Art Gallery's Outer Spaces programme.

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A concrete wall in Sydenham is being remade as a giant shadow board, courtesy of Gap Filler and the Christchurch Art Gallery.

The work by local artist Wayne Youle is entitled I seem to have temporarily misplaced my sense of humour and it will feature 95 black silhouettes on a yellow background.

Youle said he was inspired by tradespeople in Sydenham and the "fix-it" attitude of the suburb and of Christchurch as a whole.

Christchurch Art Gallery senior curator Justin Paton said the work was a shadow board of tools for the rebuild.

The project is part of the gallery's Outer Spaces programme.

"It's an effort to ensure some interesting projects and good art is seen during this transitional phase," gallery director Jenny Harper said.

The project will use 180 litres of paint, 50 litres of concrete primer and 300 square metres of paper for stencils.

It is expected to be completed by mid-December.

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