The sunlight made the river shine. I could almost ignore the signs of earthquake damage on the opposite bank.
Outside the Canterbury Club a tree is bursting into blossom.
The purpose of my walk was to see the exhibition “Reconstruction: Conversations on a city.”
This has photos and paintings of Christchurch buildings from various dates and in varied contexts. There were too many to take in on one visit, and I will need to go again. Some showed ruined buildings in other places which have been kept as memorials, which is what I wish would happen with our Cathedral.
I appreciated the quote from Jenny May, architectural historian: “Buildings are not just bricks and mortar. They are about collective memories, a sense of place, about family, friends, and community, and the feeling of belonging that this invokes.”
This mural by Kay Rosen has appeared on the side of the Art Gallery. The steeple-shaped message shows how the city can be rebuilt on the foundation of its people.
“Some pictures showed the stark contrast
between our city now and past.”