Nearly three years have passed since the earthquake that devastated Christchurch, New Zealand, and over 16,000 homes are still deemed uninhabitable, scheduled for demolition. Australian visual artist Ian Strange, also known as Kid Zoom, has created a photographic and video installation using several houses in this suburban ‘Red Zone’ area that uses light as a symbolic gesture to commemorate the disaster. Titled FINAL ACT, the work is a collaborative effort of Strange with cinematographer Alun ‘Albol’ Bollinger of Lord of the Rings fame.
Strange and Bollinger worked with local volunteers and demolition teams to restore the four selected homes, making them appear as close as possible to how they did before the natural disaster, before cutting out geometric shapes from the buildings through which light would beam. The entire process was filmed and photographed, with the resulting footage and images recording the ‘final act’ of the structures before their impending demolition.
FINAL ACT was commissioned by the Canterbury Museum and is on exhibition as part of the Rise Street Art Festival through March 23rd. The project is a continuation of a series in which Strange explores the concept of home.
Images: Ian Strange