Languages International Christchurch students recently visited the Muegano artwork as part of the Social Programme. Josie Whelan from Scape Public Art came to school to introduce Muegano with a short video. She then took the students on a short walk to the Botanic Gardens, where the artwork is displayed, and explained it to them in more detail. Here our student, Rodrigo Formigoni, shares his experience…

The tour of Muegano art with Josie from Scape Public Art was such fun. We could understand the real meaning of the art, which for me had been just a piece of steel.

I think that many people’s first impression might be that all the small houses connected altogether have something to show (or say) about the earthquakes, but this is not true.

The art was developed before the earthquakes by Hector Zamora, and he expressed his impression of the houses in New Zealand, which for him are pretty similar to other Western cultures.  But why are there upside-down houses connected to other houses in many different positions? It is simple: he was inspired by the form of snowflakes and by that of a Mexican sweet made out of cornflakes and sugar, after which the artwork is named.

Muegano and Languages International students

Author: Rodrigo Formigoni

Rodrigo is from Brazil and is a student at Languages International Christchurch.

Photo credit: Rodrigo Formigoni