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August 21, 2018

Part IV, This Story Closes But Actually Just Begins…

The story of the events of 2010 and 2011 have brought us to this point. This barrier between a construction site and public space has been used to literally illustrate  Christchurch New Zealand’s, spirit, culture and events. I think that this is a very “different” mural, it may be temporary but it’s informative, decorative and practical, and a credit to the designers and writers who created it. This “story” may close today but the story of the Christchurch rebuild, and the strength, spirit and creativity that has emerged after the earthquakes that razed vast sections of the city has in some way come alive. There is a social spirit here that only comes after people have survived and banded together to get through a major disaster, or in this case, a series of them.  I don’t forget either that all of New Zealand got behind Christchurch after the quakes and want the best for a city that has had so much loss. This “story” may close, but in fact it only just begins…

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Hey! We’ve seen these little dudes already:  Sheep On The Line!    https://kiwidutch.wordpress.com/2018/08/10/new-3002/

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August 20, 2018

Part III Of Ōtautahi /Christchurch’s Story…

This is Part III of a Four part story, written about the city of Ōtautahi / Christchurch’s history, especially concerning the events and on-going rebuild following the large earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. Please refer back to the previous two posts for the beginning of the story, Enjoy!

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These are the tightly packed, folded up fronds of the Silver Fern, before they unfurl into beautiful, long delicate fronds.

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I think this is meant to be a fantail, one of many native birds found only in New Zealand. They are a friendly, cheeky tiny bird, found in the “bush” (New Zealand’s native forests) and cities alike…

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Three flowers probably spring to mind when a Kiwi has to name a flower that have a distinctive New Zealand identity: The “Pohutukawa“, bright red flowers that earned the nick-name “New Zealand Christmas tree” because it flowers at Christmas, The “Mount Cook Daisy“, and the “Kowhai“, (means “yellow” in Maori) shown here: a beautiful and delicate flower produced in overflowing abundance on it’s trees…

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August 19, 2018

Part II Of The Billboard Story Continues…

The protective wooden boards used to separate the building site that will one day be the Christchurch Convention centre and the public pavements and roads in Christchurch’s Cathedral Square, have a beautifully illustrated story on them. This is part Two of a Four part series that makes up the entire story. It seemed pointless to type out all of the text bubbles, I took photographs of them instead so that they would be easy to read and posted them in with their relevant image photographs. Again I missed something somewhere, that bubble text for that board has been typed out so that you don’t need to peer at the smaller, fuzzier, less pixeled resized image that WordPress needs for the pages here. Let’s open the story from where we left off in yesterday’s post and read!

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I missed another caption. The next one says: “…We learned to dance in the face of adversity, knowing that

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August 18, 2018

Let Me Tell You A Story…

The new Conference Centre that is being built in Cathedral Square, Christchurch is a massive project. There are more of the wooden boards we have seen earlier; the ones that separate the construction area from the area where the general public are. This “wall” of wood  behind the white car and white van in the photograph below has been very wisely used, in fact there is an entire series of pictures and captions here. I photographed both, the captions are in the form of speech bubbles in any instances and I’ve positioned them either above or below the main images that they match so there is no need to strain your eyes. Make yourself comfortable, and let me tell you a story…

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I forgot to photograph  the next speech bubble. It says; “Ture Wairua

Mana Whenua (the people of this land) are guided by a set of beliefs and principles about the world, that are still relevant today.

By sharing our legend with you, I’m introducing “ture wairua”, the spiritual dimension of our beliefs.”

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Is the story over? just for today, yes, but sign in tomorrow for the next instalment because the story continues tomorrow…

August 16, 2018

Beautiful Whilst It Lasts…

Underneath the “black box building” of yesterdays post, there is another mural. It’s a temporary one, the sort of wooden screen that divides the construction area off from the public area and protects passes by from any construction related accident. Large machinery and the like. This mural may not be here forever but it’s beautiful whilst it lasts.

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August 6, 2018

Here Next Time We Return?

It’s been rather inspiring looking at all of the murals around the Christchurch, New Zealand, Manchester Street area. I’m rounding up the last of them here, but who knows what may have been added by the time we next return, or indeed, what may have disappeared. A large concrete (actually the step and stones around it were too much for me to negotiate so I’m assuming that this is concrete, maybe upon reflection it could also have been firmer-glass?) art piece completes the picture. The city has also added a ping-pong table so that passers by can pack a bat and ball and come and hang out and have a game. And a basketball court …Unless I am mistaken and they are art pieces too!

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August 5, 2018

A Larger Than Life Portrait…

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This next Manchester Street, Christchurch, New Zealand mural is a stand alone, massive wall piece. The subject is a New Zealand Kiwis rugby league coach David Kidwell and the artist is Graham Hoete. Although I am viewing it from Manchester Street, the building it stands on is actually Lichfield Street, the space between the two being largely empty due to the high number of building demolitions after the 2010 earthquake. It’s photorealistic and also contains an image of him from his former playing days.

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August 4, 2018

Alice And The Spray Cans…

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Looking around the buildings left behind after the Christchurch New Zealand earthquakes, I see murals galore.

I love the idea that painting the city in bright colours, thought provoking pieces, decorative and in all styles can help a city busy with rebuilding their lives to sometimes breathe a little and take a moment to smile.

Christchurch’s Manchester street was packed full of some of the oldest buildings in the city.

Exceptionally few of them survived the quakes and now it can even be difficult to recognize where you are standing because consciously or otherwise we use buildings as landmarks all the time.

These murals are ones I pondered over; What on earth is Alice doing?

This is a long way from the rabbit hole Girl! She appears to be sitting playing cards, What? Fishing them out of the carpet??

A projector-type-thingy makes an image like a small theatre, and in between the little theatre image stands a table with something on it, which I am taking a guess might be a pop-up book? or another small model theatre? dolls?… or?? Your guesses would be appreciated. And by the way there are some seriously strange pieces of furniture in Alice’s digs.

I have no idea what’s going on. The other mural pieces though are simply ingenious; build large cylindrical columns and make them look like giant paint spray cans.

Then the “cans” themselves get decorated with art/graffiti.  There are styles here to please everyone. This is a brilliant idea for transforming barren, ugly, sad, spaces and damaged buildings and I’m delighting to add these to my virtual mural collection.

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August 3, 2018

Manchester Street Goes Funky…

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The empty spaces left after demolition of buildings damaged in the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquakes have generated new spaces for large scale artworks.

These murals along Manchester Street liven up the empty walls of the buildings that still stand. The styles are all different and some are pretty funky.

Some of these buildings are still due their date with the wrecking ball or “nibbler” cranes; others are probably in limbo due to Insurance issues and for the moment stand empty.

I think it’s a brilliant idea to encourage this sort of colour, it’s something to bring a smile or provoke a thought that focuses on a difference side of the disaster and tragedy that shock the city on 4th September 2010 (mag:7.1), 22nd February 2011 (Mag:6.3), 13th June 2011 (Mag:6.4) and the one Kiwidutch family experienced: 23rd December 2013 (Mag: 6.2).

There is a website called “Geonet” that monitors all earth tremors in and around the coast of New Zealand, the earth’s crust is still very active albeit on a far lower scale, even as recently as 15th July 2018, there was a Magnitude 4.0. (Depth 9km) epicentre 10 km north-east of Christchurch.

This is only a moderate quake though; nothing to worry about and the rest of the quakes on the first page are all light or weak quakes of far lesser degree.

We think that the earth stays still, peaceful and tranquil below us but reality is that the tectonic plates are busy, pushing and almost unperceptively nudging one another like siblings in the back of the car on a car still secretly fighting even though the parent is watching. Geonet: https://www.geonet.org.nz/earthquake

The “Christchurch Quake Map” also details quakes on a daily/weekly lineup, as normal now as the weather forecast. href=”http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/largest”>http://www.christchurchquakemap.co.nz/largest</ I want to continue taking as many photographs as I can of these murals, they may be temporary and one day gone. That doesn’t mean though, that they need to be forgotten.

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August 2, 2018

A VERY BIG Splash Of Colour…

Some murals are funny, others offer photorealism, thoughtfulness, some show local or national icons, maybe logos or have a message of some sort. Others, like the mural in today’s post are just about colour, and when I mean colour, I mean COLOUR! This isn’t a shy retiring mural, it’s one that leaps out at the passer by and gives everyone a bemused look on their faces: as in “Wow, you can’t miss THAT one can you?!” Ok, it might not be the type of art I want hanging in my living room, but I think that in any city, where steel, concrete rule, colour should be embraced. In this instance the colour is so big that it just might be embracing me!

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