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Breaking the boundaries of traditional canvases, the Mike Hewson ‘Homage to the Lost Spaces’ public art piece showcases the aftermath of unfortunate events. Situated in the town of Christchurch, New Zealand, the installation consists of illusionary murals integrated onto the walls of fallen buildings.
The small town where Hewson currently resides faced devastating damages from an earthquake in 2011. The conceptual piece is constructed on a series of plywood boards using mixed media application. These properties were set to be demolished, but the artist and community took the opportunity to transform these forgotten spaces into eye-catching installations. The murals depict ordinary citizens in everyday moments before the earthquake struck the town with its thunderous forces.
Sublime and hauntingly beautiful, the Mike Hewson ‘Homage to the Lost Spaces’ installation transforms tragedy into artistry.