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Christchurch ArtBox initiative moves beyond the concept stage

In October we featured a story about ArtBox, an initiative aiming to provide exhibition and retail space for approximately 100 Christchurch artists, craft practitioners and design retailers who have been displaced following the February earthquake. The initiative has moved from its concept stage with the first prototypes launched to members of the public. 

The project, instigated by CPIT in conjunction with Christchurch firm F3 Design, will begin with 18 modules being placed in and around the CPIT campus, with the hope that with the community’s support it can branch out to support a River of Arts throughout the city. 

F3Design crafted the first prototypes and co-owner Ella Wright-Stow said the prototypes have been well received. 

“The reception has been great since the prototype was launched and members of the public have had a good look,” she said. “There’s been a lot of great feedback especially around the scope with which the modules could be used.” 

The ArtBox modules are a 2.9m cube that can be stacked, oriented and arranged in various practical configurations. They’re insulated with wool and are weather-tight. Their steel hollow section frame gives them the ability to resist loads placed by earthquakes.  

The company is now busy refining the module based on learnings from constructing the prototype.