The Cuba St Project was created in late 2011. I started to consider the implications of the Christchurch earthquakes and what it meant for Wellington. I love the heritage buildings throughout the city and I realized the earthquake prone condition of many of these buildings was going to become a massive issue. Owners of these buildings will need to invest huge money into either re strengthen or building new ones. What will this do to the current community located in the street? What will the street look like? There are a lot of unanswered questions that the city needs to consider.
Over the last 12 months I have spent a lot of time walking up and down Cuba St appreciating the buildings but also considering who has worked and lived in the street over its 170 year history. I started to research online at the Turnbull Library looking for images of buildings and people associated with Cuba St.
I decided to take the Cuba St Project out of cyber space and onto the street it’s self during the Fringe Arts Festival during Feb and March 2013.
The Cuba Street Project was transformed into a Trans media artwork and was a great success. During the three weeks of the Festival thirteen businesses participated. Ten site specific A2 panels were installed in shop windows from one end of the street to the other. These panels displayed photographs and written story’s about the buildings and the people who had been there in the past Three shop windows also displayed large TV screens which displayed for 24 hrs a day a slide show of images of the street.
As an added element to the project I presented a free hour long walk and talk of the street on twelve occasions. In total 61 people attended these walks.
The slide show and the majority of the stories from the panels are now displayed on this website.
I was very pleased to be awarded the Fringe Festival award for best Visual/Digital Arts 2013.
Some funds for this project where secured from the Creative NZ creative communities fund, managed by the WCC city council . However I funded the majority of this project myself.