Tauranga Arts Festival called for submissions for a public art
installation for the 2013 festival (24 Oct - 3 Nov). The brief
asked artists to submit concepts that would have a 'strong visible
impact, a memorable aesthetic and conceptual addition to the
The brief also asked for proposals that would 'meet the values
and aims of the Arts Festival: inspire, involve, entertain.'
YOURS, Truly by Laura Marsh was selected from the proposals
because it is "a conceptually strong piece that encapsulates the
vision of the Festival. It's ability to change meaning and
appearance over the duration of the festival is interesting. Even
more interesting will be how the work changes as the public and
festival goers claim ownership of it. A primary appeal of the work
is that it will engage with the public 24/7, from a distance or up
close." - The Judging Panel
YOURS, Truly is a 7ft high wooden 'fence of letters' or 'letters
of fence'. The work explores the concept of ownership, and
light-heartedly alludes to cultural issues in New Zealand such as
land-access rights, claim and leverage. Usually a fence is a
divider: YOURS is a fence that does not keep anyone from anything,
instead inviting connections and sharing between people in the
spirit of goodwill.
The letter Y is painted in a neutral tone, while O,U,R and S are
left unpainted, the fence can effectively also be read as OURS. The
letter Y is adorned with coathooks, allowing the public to hang
coats or similar items that they would like someone else to have.
The covering up of the letter Y with clothing may change peoples
readings of whether it is YOURS or OURS.
At the end of the day, depending on quantity of items and the
weather, all shared items will be gathered and given to charity or
rehung the next day.
The inaugural Festival Front Yard Installation (what Tauranga
Arts Festival have called the project) is an exciting step toward
opening up the opportunity for artists to explore the Festival
space in Tauranga.
And YOURS, Truly is a truly wonderful start to a series of
Festival Front Yard Installations that will inspire, develop and
24 October - 3 November
10 days & nights