The High Country by Joanna Langford is a large scale free-to-view contemporary public artwork.
It is an aerial utopian city installation that appears to be floating above its urban surroundings.
This fanciful work utilises existing found and recycled materials to create an image of lush pastures surrounding an illuminated model city. Contrasting with the new urban environment of Christchurch, as epitomised by gap sites and vacant lots, Langford's work provides a whimsical visionary environment.
Known for the spontaneity of her work and attention to materials, Langford creates her seemingly ethereal structures from often overlooked items that emphasise her re-purposing of them. By taking advantage of some of the 320,000km (nearly 8x the circumference of the Earth) of plastic silage wrap disposed of every year, the artist has created a fantastical environment through an adept transformation of the materials.
This artwork is lit at night time, and we encourage viewing both during daylight hours and after dusk.