Artist's quake commemoration creation

20:44, Aug 15 2012
Chris Reddington
SOUNDS APPROPRIATE: Chris Reddington's sound sculpture concept Song Song (A Musical Bridge) has been selected as CPIT's earthquake commemoration artwork.

Christchurch artist Chris Reddington's sound sculpture concept, Song Song (A Musical Bridge), has been selected as the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology's earthquake commemoration artwork.

The CPIT art and design graduate and former CPIT Jazz School student has designed an interactive and human-sized enclosure - "a contemplative space next to the Rakaia Centre", the polytechnic council says.

It features two curved-steel plates that create an interior space. Inside, 28 strings attached to each plate can be plucked or strummed to create "an acoustic interplay" with the sculpture.

'The elemental nature of these vibrations and resonances would provide quiet yet transformative experiences relating to losses and scarring from the recent earthquakes," Reddington says in his submisssion.

CPIT council chairwoman Jenn Bestwick said it was a "sensitive and very-well- considered work'.

'It will be an appropriate . . . memorial to the 28 CPIT whanau who lost their lives, as well as a place where all of us can contemplate the many changes to our own lives and our city,' she said.


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