Local Heart, Global Soul

August 28, 2018

Painting In The Round, In A Square!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Cathedral Square in Christchurch has of course the Anglican Christchurch Cathedral as it’s focal point.

With this building in a state of severe damage after the 2010/11 earthquakes, and it’s fate still being hammered out in the courts, the entire area around it remains dangerous and off limits to the public.

As has become a usual state of affairs in Christchurch city, the large area is now ringed with wooden fences to secure the site, and these fences have been amazingly decorated by artist(s).

One of the board explains: “A vast, changing canvas. In the city’s altered centre, art, storytelling and the realms of the imagination claim a vital role. Artists Chris Heaphy and Sara Hughes have unleashed colour, pattern and energy to communicate an active sense of possibility.”

Chris Heaphy’s response to this space comprises themes relating to the cultural flow and exchange of ideas. In focusing on the intersection between nature, culture and history, his ideas invite contemplation.

By laying out diverse symbols, he also creates a meeting place where dialogue and reinvention might flourish. Chris Heaphy is of Ngāi Tahu and European descent.

He is a BFA panting graduate from University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts (1991) and MFA painting from RMIT University, Melbourne (1998). He exhibits his works throughout New Zealand and overseas“.I like that these sort of decorated boards help a recovering city look a little less broken, a bit less like the massive building site that it is, with buildings still to come down, many more still to be repaired, and with so many empty spaces, more to be rebuilt than we can count.

Boards like these deter the ugly, messy sort of graffiti and give an injection of colour into the landscape. Hopefully the sight of many of these murals, be they on wooden board such as these, or on walls, can bring a smile to the passer-by and lighten their mood and day. I also discovered another information board where I (Duh) did not manage to photograph entirely the text and pictures. It appears that the Christchurch Cathedral has suffered at the hands of Mother Nature before, losing the top of it’s spire. I knew this already from newspaper articles directly after the 2010 quakes, or at least the photograph. I hadn’t seen this text before though and it was interesting to read the now quaint wording, the description being: “At two minutes past 4’oclock this morning,  one of the severest shocks of earthquake ever experienced have occurred.” How times have changed, and yet, looking at the Cathedral in it’s current state… not changed at all.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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