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Why I love the central city - Deborah McCormick, SCAPE Public Art

SCAPE Public Art makes central Christchurch a little more 'groovy baby'! We chat with Deborah McCormick to find out about SCAPE and why she loves working and hanging out in central Christchurch.

How long have you worked in the central city? Where?

We have just come of age! SCAPE has been part of the central city for twenty-one years. Our office base has changed from time to time (after the earthquakes) but the Arts Centre where we are currently has been our home for most of that time.

Are you doing anything this winter to attract more business?

Our SCAPE Public Art Season is a festival in spring that aims to bring local, national and international visitors to the city centre to 'art explore'. SCAPE's programme has always been a combination of temporary and permanent works and about building a public art collection for the city. Our legacy or permanent public art collection is here year-round to attract people to Christchurch.

What is your go-to lunch spot?

Zen Sushi located just downstairs from our office. Always fresh and they know I like my Miso with a touch of chilli!

Where in the city do you live?

I am very lucky to live in beautiful North Canterbury and commute. I drive past Neil Dawson’s Fanfare sculpture every day on the way to and from work. It is ever changing with the weather and time of day. In the morning it lifts my spirits and at end of the day gives me that warm feeling of coming home.

Tell us what your ideal day out in the city looks like?

I love to try new restaurants and places that are opening up! My gym Koha, a spot of shopping in Cashel Street, lunch with friends at Miro, visiting exhibitions - the choices are endless.

What is your best kept central-city secret?

It's not a secret but I love to tell people about Mischa Kuball’s Solidarity Grid the public artwork we produced with him that brought 21 Street Light gifts from 21 cities around the globe to Christchurch installed along Park Terrace. It has resonated with me a lot of late, it is based in the act of giving and the positive symbolism of light.

Can you sum up the central city up in one word?


What would you say to someone who says there is nothing to do in the central city?


Can you finish this sentence: ’I love Christchurch central city because…

...” it’s a fresh and exciting balance of accessible, hopeful and creative.

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