Mischa Kuball, Solidarity Grid
Mischa Kuball’s Solidarity Grid is a permanent public artwork and a gift to Christchurch, NZ in the wake of the destructive earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. Over 3 years 21 cities worldwide donated functioning lamp posts for the work, each gift building connections between the recovering city and international communities. The lamps – all very different in design and history – are installed along a pathway separating the inner city and parklands, this new location extending their symbolic and social significance. Featuring extensive photographic documentation and texts by 6 writers this book documents the project from its basis in a practical artistic response to an urban crisis, through to its realisation as a form of monument, a place for reflection, and a contribution to civic infrastructure.
Published by Koenig Books, London, the book includes essays by Nic Low, Vanessa Joan Müller, Hugh Nicholson, Bruce Phillips, Lara Strongman, Nathan Pohio, with a foreword by Deborah McCormick and Anthony Wright, as well as a conversation between Mischa Kuball and Blair French.