A competition facilitated by Christchurch City Council saw three installations in vacant shop windows around the Central City.
About the project

The project, ShoPOP, is part of the Enliven Places Programme that delivers projects to enliven the central city. The facilitated a competition that saw the people of Christchurch help design and decide on a new round of these projects.

Vacant land in Christchurch has traditionally been a platform for people with great ideas to experiment and showcase new temporary concepts and pioneering ideas. ShoPOP took advantage of the changing context of the city as sites evolved into buildings with available floor space. These spaces are safe, dry and have easy access to electricity making them ideal for more sophisticated projects. The activated spaces also provide intrigue for visitors and support for other businesses and organisations in the area.

Ideas were suggested in March-April of 2018, these were then put out to public vote of May that year. The winners were announced and installed in October.

Christchurch City Council & LiVS are open to supporting further street-front activations - get in touch to discuss discuss details.

Until Works End (Live)

Audrey Baldwin and Khye Hitchcock created a series of whimsical dioramas, encouraging you to view the everyday with humour and a child's sense of wonder.
Location: Tenancy 7, 293 Durham Street North (Awly building)

Until Works End
Until Works End
The Pom Poms (Deinstalled)

Artistic duo Shades Arcade created an installation of choreographed movement and light based on [cheerleader's] pop poms.
Location: Tenancy 5, 293 Durham Street North (Awly building)

Pom Poms
Pom Poms
Light it Up (Deinstalled)

Year 10 students from Hagley College created light sculptures that reflected Ōtautahi's heritage architecture and the bright future of our city.
Location: 213 Tuam Street (Vodafone building)

Light It Up
Light It Up
Brokering spaces and establishing licence agreements
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