Fanfare, by Neil Dawson, is a visionary and extraordinary legacy sculpture with 360 separate “pinwheels” that spin freely in the wind and are spread over a massive 20 metre diameter. SCAPE Public Art is currently fundraising so that this extraordinary 24 metre tall sculpture can be installed permanently beside the Northern Motorway in Christchurch. Once installed, Fanfare will boast New Zealand’s largest public sculpture.
I was recently approached by Deborah McCormick, the Director of SCAPE Public Art, and was delighted to discuss their goals to install this truly spectacular sculpture in Christchurch.
On 1 September 2014, SCAPE Public Art will launch a Public Appeal Campaign through PledgeMe.co.nz to $50,000 of the remaining funds needed to install Fanfare. “This is an opportunity for the community to get involved, to get excited about Fanfare and to become an integral part of bringing Fanfare home to Christchurch for all to enjoy” Deborah told me.
I think this is a rare opportunity for the people of Christchurch to make their mark on the world and to come together as a community to elevate Canterbury onto the global arts stage. It is not often that we get invited to be a part of something that is going to become an iconic link between Christchurch and Canterbury. Not to mention, it is going to look impressive when it is all lit up at night with a variable colour changing system!
The Bring Fanfare Home Pledge Me Campaign will run for a period of 6 weeks starting on 1 September with rewards for those who donate any amount between $10 and $5,000.
So, come on Christchurch, let’s bring Fanfare home!
Visit www.fanfare.co.nz for more information and to support.