While many consider architecture to be a practice that bridges art and engineering, the multidisciplinary crossover is more often implicit. Yet, Mike Hewson drives this relationship home – literally and figuratively – as his latest installation project, Homage to Lost Spaces, takes place in his hometown of Christchurch, New Zealand. Hewson’s own transition from civil engineer to full-time artist is apparent in the way he uses the existing structure of the Christchurch Normal School, scheduled for demolition, as his canvas. The school that lay in ruins is reincarnated through Hewson’s work, which covers the building’s injuries and deformations with plywood, on which digital images of artists are projected and rendered. The ghostly and transcendent quality of these large-scale portraits are framed as an ode to the civic contribution of the school and its resident artists.

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