Take it to the streets
Public art has long been a poster of social, cultural and political context to communities. From pou (wooden poles) and Māori carving, to Banksy’s subversive graffiti and epigrams; and more recently Daniel Webb’s mural of 4,490 collected plastic pieces at Dreamland in Margate. The influence of public art has reshaped cities, from the movement in New York City from the late 1980’s, to the distinctive work originated out of Wellington’s Sculpture Trust. And one stand out looking to change culture and enforce public art into New Zealand is Matt Liggins the artist behind ‘The Real Pyramid Schemer’ - an interactive wooden temple structure, perched in cities across New Zealand that supplies free art to the people. Idealog meets up with the man tucked inside the temple, who is giving capitalism the middle finger, and is building public art from the bottom up.