Tag Archives: Central City

You can only hope to contain…

The ubiquitous shipping containers around Christchurch have been multi-purpose beasts, from storage to shops, and serving as protective shields they have been the city’s blu-tack in terms of varied use. Their appearance is also suggestive of a network of stationery train carriages parked around the city, devoid of the flashing transience, but still providing a number of surfaces prime for decoration. They have been adorned in a number of ways, often painted or covered as part of commissioned projects to alter their steely facades. But due to their pervasive nature they have also been adopted as canvasses by the uninvited, their surfaces covered in quickly produced names, faces, characters and messages…

LEPSO, Colombo St, 11 Oct 2013 058 JF Bore, Manchester St, near Tuam, 4 Jan 2014 073 KRS JFK, St Asaph Street, Jun 2013, 001 Teeth, Latimer Sq, 4 Jan 2014 002 Various, cc, 4 Aug 2014 064 Power, central cuty, 27 June 2014 050

 

Fade Away…

Faded stencil, Tuam St, 4 Aug 2014 067

It’s easy to think of everything in Christchurch as post-quake, as the city being a blank slate, but in fact the layers of the past have been revealed throughout the city, and while there is a lot of writing and art that has never necessarily been covered up, it has been lost behind cordons or overshadowed by the surrounding sights, in fact the lighter footprints of these works and messages and interventions can be seen as both a reminder of the past as well as re-contextualised by the new setting…