Posted: 19 September 2018
ENI Engineering has been chosen as a finalist for the ‘’Enabling an Emerging Artist Award’’ as part of the prestigious Anderson Lloyd & SCAPE Public Art Business & Arts Partnership Awards 2018. The award recognises companies that have ‘provided invaluable support to an emerging artist and was a key element in taking their career to the next level’.
ENI and Dominion Constructors worked closely with young artist Ruby Williams, a Villa Maria College student. Ruby's 2.5m prosthetic branch won the senior section of SCAPE Re:ACTIVATE in 2017, and was installed on a tree in Hagley Park. ‘’We’ve enjoyed being involved in this project, allowing us to give back to the community and helping a talented young artist,’’ says Dave Fletcher, ENI’s Business Development Manager.
“It also showcased our ability to come up with innovative solutions – our ability to take a creative and innovative approach to metalwork design was a key factor in SCAPE's decision to involve us in Ruby’s project. It's at the heart of what ENI does - not just making metalwork, but actually 'applying innovation making metal work’.”
SCAPE Season 2017 provided the people of Christchurch, visitors to our city, sponsors and supporters with an eclectic mix of 14 new public artworks, talks, guided walks and self-directed explores along the Public Art Walkway. Ruby's sculpture created a consciousness of the space where a real branch once grew.
SCAPE Art initially approached ENI about the possibility of working with Ruby and manufacturing her design. Dominion Constructors, who ENI works closely with, supplied the timber required.
Ruby visited ENI several times during the creation of her sculpture, and it was an exciting time, watching her design go from her imagination to reality. No modifications were needed; the sculpture was able to be created from her design drawings. ENI's challenge with the design was to maintain its integrity - so that it didn't look too industrial - and to ensure it was strong enough to withstand the installation in the tree.
"ENI Engineering played a massive role when creating my sculpture; they were incredibly welcoming and made me feel included in all aspects of the process," Ruby says. "I was able to catch a glimpse into an industry that I would otherwise have not known much about. Seeing my sculpture evolve with such attention to detail gave me an insight into the time and effort put in behind the scenes."
Once manufacturing was complete, the steel was treated, and then powder-coated with its final pink colour. It was then installed in the tree in Hagley Park. Originally meant to remain for only 6 weeks, it has now been decided the branch will be a permanent fixture and can still be seen there today.
‘’Being involved with Ruby's design is a part of ENI's contribution to bringing the Christchurch CBD back to life, and encouraging people to return to the city following the earthquakes of 2011,” says Dave. “A number of [link]street projects[/link] we have been involved can be seen throughout the CBD and New Brighton, and this effort is something that is not only important to ENI as a Canterbury business, but to the engineers who welcome the opportunity to work on designs that allow them to be creative and innovative.”
SCAPE Public Art’s 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner celebrates the 20 extraordinary, exciting, mind-expanding years, since SCAPE Public Art began to revolutionise the open spaces of Ōtautahi Christchurch. The winners will be announced at the dinner on Sunday 6 October.