Auckland city's manager of public art, Pontus Kyander, leaves at the end of the year to take up the directorship of the Sorlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand, Norway. He'll be missed by the people who backed him to revitalise the city's public art programme. We're left wondering whether the rethinking carried out over the past year by Kyander and his advisory committee will deliver the new types of public art he envisaged, or whether the new appointee will start the process all over again.
Kyander has a few moves to make before he leaves, including the selection of national and international artists for the next Living Room project scheduled for 2010. This follows the 2009 edition titled Living Room: My home is where my heart is, which took place in Auckland's Central Business District earlier this year. One of the 09 artist's projects – Cho Duck Hyun's Dark Water: The Antipodes Project – was subsequently shown in our Project Space in April/May.
Image: The Sorlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand, Norway