About this blog

In September 2010, Christchurch, the second largest city in New Zealand, suffered a massive 7.1 earthquake, miraculously there was no direct loss of life, however many of the city’s iconic buildings were significantly damaged. Despite this and the inconvenience of loss of power, water and many chimneys, the city breathed a sigh of relief about what could have happened. Unfortunately on February 22nd, 2011, those fears were realised when a quake hit and levelled the central city, killing 185 people. The city remains almost unrecognisable and the tragic events linger as horrific memories.

As a result of these events, the city is now filled with vacant (and increasingly overgrown) lots, abandoned buildings, grey concrete walls, fences and signs declaring where people can go. This website is a repsonse to the opportunities these spaces present for creative contributions by people in a variety of styles and methods.

Street art (in all its guises), is a global phenomenon that allows people to navigate an urban environment in new, unexplored ways. It is present in major, and many smaller, cities all over the world. The goal of this website is to document, share and discuss street art and creative activities in Christchurch in its period of reconstruction and beyond.

What Is That? Is designed as an open forum that encourages contributions from anyone, in both pictures of treats from the streets, and in comments and information about images already posted- such as who made the work, where it is located, and when it appeared, enabling a better picture of the city as it changes.

Please note that all images on ‘What Is That’ are subject to a default copyright setting of ‘all rights reserved’, any use of images from this website is dependent upon permission from the website owner. Some images may have altered permissions, as specified by the contributor/owner of the image.