First artists announced for SCAPE

MICROSCOPIC: Part of Wayne Barrar's InVisible on display in Hagley Park.

Art lovers rejoice.

Christchurch born Wayne Barrar and Auckland’s Anton Parsons have been the first two artists named as part of this year’s SCAPE Public Art season.

Starting October 7, the city will become home to a host of national and international art works.

Barrar’s In/Visible Landscape will be on display on seven billboards around Hagley Park, as well as in and outside Canterbury Museum.

The photographs are drawn from his extensive series The Glass Archive – blown up images of diatoms and microfossils.

The Hagley Park billboards feature marine fossils, which have been photographed through a microscope.

Parsons’ work comprises of two mammoth sculptures, Myopia and Acquiesce, forged from metal.

They will take up residence in the Christ’s College quadrangle.

The museum and Christ’s College make up the starting point for the season’s public art walkway – a tour of all central city public art that will run throughout October and November.