French artist Olivier Grossetête temporarily reshapes New Zealand skylines [fr]
French artist Olivier Grossetete took part in New Plymouth and Christchurch’s arts festivals where he built gigantic temporary cardboard constructions with locals’ help.
Olivier Grossetête’s cardboard tower in New Plymouth and cathedral in Christchurch gathered children and grown-ups alike to build impressive ephemeral edifices using thousands of cardboard boxes.
In Christchurch, the cathedral-inspired design went up the same day of an historic decision to restore the city’s cathedral, which was damaged in the 2010 Christchurch earthquake.
Mr Grossetête’s participation in the festivals was supported by the New Zealand-France Friendship Fund.
Read articles on Olivier Grossetête workshops in New Zealand :
Cardboard replica cathedral erected, then demolished in storm (The Press) : 10 September 2017
A new (temporary) cardboard cathedral for Christchurch (The Press) : 5 September 2017
Hundreds of school children begin People’s Tower creation (Taranaki Daily News) : 30 August2017
Rise and fall: the short tale of New Plymouth’s 10-metre cardboard tower (Taranaki Daily News) : 3 September 2017
Sky-high cardboard building to rise and fall in Christchurch (Radio NZ) : 6 September 2017