Monday, September 30, 2013
Back from a great visit with family and friends in Christchurch.
We went to an exhibition opening of a work by a friend. So started off with a party in the transitional Cardboard Cathedral, check out the slideshow here:
I just lost an earlier version of this blog so wil be going in and out to post links to a few things.
The work our friend made is a kind of blow up bouncy castle for adults. The interior space, which you struggle into through an airlock, is amazing. It has been very well received by the folk of Christchurch, who are starved of sports facilities.
The installation was on the site of what had been a department store where my sister used to work. Next to the library, schedued for demolition, where I worked for many years. Diagonally opposite, one block down, an hotel was under demolition by nibbler. It was a bizarre experience to watch this, a hotel designed by a frend's father, and engineered by the father of another friend. This s what happened the next day.
We went to Akaroa and stayed in a quaint old building, here
Had dinner wth friends and next day went on to Lyttelton, a port town which is missing the visits of the cruises that have transferred to Akaroa since the wharves were damaged by the quakes.
Caught up wth other friends who are about to open the next stage of a mall they were inspired to build after all the quake destruction. They have furnished a restaurant in the style of their old home, almost destroyed by the quakes.
It was a great visit, I am happy to see the beginnings of the rebuild in my old home town, its center changed now beyond recognition. There is a sense of community and excitement that ddn't exist there before. I am looking forward to going back to see what will happen next.
Off to Zumba now!