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A strange building has appeared on the riverbank near the Hereford Street Bridge.  The Glass Pavilion by Gregor Kregear is part of the Scape Public Art 2017 season.

It’s constructed from industrial waste materials considered not to be of use or commercial value: bricks of recycled glass, salvaged timber, and re-purposed neon lights.  “The work seeks to acknowledge ways in which the fabric of the destroyed city has in some cases found a new purpose, and pay homage to the fortitude and resilience of Christchurch communities, while also encouraging us to pause to consider the new forms of architecture repopulating the built environment.”

Apparently it’s lit up after dark and looks amazing.  Definitely worth a nighttime drive past.

“This shelter with its wooden roof
would possibly not be rainproof.”



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Hidden Heritage

The guided Hidden Heritage walk is part of Heritage Week, and promoted as a chance to discover Otautahi gems.  We walked from Cathedral Square down Worcester Boulevard, past the recently reinstated statue of Robert Falcon Scott and the Kate Sheppard Memorial.

Scott’s Statue

Down to the Arts Centre where we saw Gregor Kregar’s Terminator T-Rex, sampled Fudge Cottage’s products, and admired the restored Great Hall.

Terminator T-Rex

Then across the Antigua Street Bridge, past the Bridge of Remembrance, to where there are 800+ crosses set out on the riverbank for the commemoration of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Passchendaele crosses

There were only seven of us on this walk, which seems a pity as they could have accommodated 20, and it’s free of charge.  It hasn’t been particularly well promoted.  Nothing in the ‘Press’, possibly because the whole of Heritage Week is sponsored by the ‘Star’.   There will be three more walks at 9.30am, 1pm, and 4pm, tomorrow and Sunday.  You can book online.

“Along this walk you can see lots
of hidden history in spots.”




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This is a photo of me at Scott Base – well almost.  It was taken at Canterbury Museum at a viewing of Guy Frederick’s exhibition ‘Postcards to Antarctica‘, where visitors are invited to have their photo taken against an Antarctic background, and then share their ‘icy postcard’.   The exhibition includes photos and videos that Guy took during his week on the ice, as well as postcards written by people who were working there.  It’s situated on Level 3, right outside the permanent Antarctic display.  It’s years since I’ve looked at this, and I was amazed to rediscover the wealth of artifacts there, covering over a hundred years of polar exploration.

“Explorers sailed on the high sea
to find a continent that’s icy.”


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Strange Skater

The young man had difficulty getting on the bus and appeared to have a disability.  At first I thought he was wearing a supportive moon boot, then I realised he had inline skates on his feet.  He lurched into the front seat (luckily it was empty) and sat there, listening to headphones.

Getting off the bus wasn’t easy either.  Eventually he threw the plastic water bottle he was carrying onto the grass, used both hands to hold the rails, and managed to reach the footpath.  I wondered why on earth he needed to wear his skates for a bus trip?

“Was it because he had no shoes
or did he fear the skates to lose?”


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An alternative cardboard cathedral was erected yesterday in the Market Square of the Arts Centre.  French artist Olivier Grossetete wanted to make something magical in the heart of the city.  With the help of many volunteers he used cardboard boxes and tape to create an exciting construction, which will be demolished at 3pm this afternoon.  It’s an interesting coincidence that this temporary cathedral was erected on the same day that the Anglican Synod finally made the decision to restore our Cathedral in the Square.

“A cardboard building led the way
while Synod members had their say.”

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A new sight in Hagley Park is the charging point for electric vehicles in the car park near the Botanic Gardens.

On our return we saw a car plugged in and charging.

There was no sign of how payment could be made.  I checked and found it’s been installed by Orion, and is free to use.  You need to take your own cable and an Radio Frequency Identification card (and you need an electric vehicle).

“Fossil fuels will soon be gone
electric cars relied upon.”


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A workman installing fibre broadband for the new units across the street struggled with wind and rain to get his tent put up so he could work on the box with the connections which is just outside our fence.  I felt sorry for him, but not enough to go out and help.

Eventually he got the tent safely in place, and was quickly able to finish what he needed to do.

“It’s hard to work in pouring rain
with tent walls under wind-blown strain.”


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