Wednesday February 21, 2018
Finders keepers in free art hunt One of the free artworks by Kemi and Niko; salvaged rimu and tin can miniature hut. PHOTO: Supplied
Over the next few weeks, urban explorers will be given the chance to take home a free artwork by local artists Kemi and Niko, if they can find it first. With the assistance of volunteers in Dunedin, Nelson and Wellington Kemi and Niko are giving away 15 artworks by hiding them in urban green spaces and using social media to give out clues. Using reclaimed materials, including paint tin lids, salvaged rimu beams, recycled house paint and flattened tin cans, means their ‘gifts’ can all handle being left out in the wild. “’All materials salvaged’ has been our ethos for a while,” Kemi explains. “People always respond really well to our work as the materials add an extra layer of character.” Art hunters will be notified on the day an artwork is ready to be found in their
city and whoever finds it first takes the ‘gift’ home. “There will be artworks hidden around Wellington on multiple days from now until March 13,” Niko says. The locations in Wellington will include green spaces along the south coast, Otari Wilton, Mount Cook and Brooklyn. Kemi and Niko came to the Wellington public’s attention in summer 2014/15 when they installed miniature tramping huts around the city in secluded nature spots. They have since worked with community and non-for-profit groups to encourage new ways of experiencing local natural spaces. Find “Giftitude 2018” on Facebook or visit keminiko.com/giftitude for more information.
Independent Herald 21-02-18