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Both quads of the Arts Centre are now open, and hosting new sculptures.  I couldn’t find any reference to title or artist for these, but gather they may be the work of fine arts students, and part of the Whakahoki exhibition.

Sculpture in North Quad

Sculpture in South Quad

“These sculptures don’t yet have a name
denying those artists their fame.”

 

 

 

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The new Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities at the Arts Centre is well worth a visit.  Its is renowned for having the best teaching collection of classical vases in the Southern Hemisphere, and the red and black Greek vases, all at least 2,000 years old, are certainly amazing.  This grave monument, dated about 320BC may have held the ashes of a deceased male:

The current exhibition is titled “We Could Be Heroes: The Gods and Heroes of the Ancient Greeks and Romans’, and I was pleasantly surprised to find there were many images of Goddesses among them, Amazons, Medusa, Athena, Hygieia, even the transgender Kaineus.  There are two beautiful Syrian mosaics in the floor including this dog:

I was interested that one funeral urn had a modern plug in it, and was told it was there to minimise upward movement in case of an earthquake.  There were nice touches of humour in the explanatory notes, e.g. an image of Nike/Victoria on a coin minted by a Roman Emperor to celebrate victory in a battle which was not in fact fought until the following year.

The curators have carefully included the fact that these ancient heroes still resonate today.  The exhibition includes a couple of Asterix books (one in Latin), and a costume from “Xena Warrior Princess” on loan from Te Papa:

The exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am to 3pm, and is free, although donations are welcomed.  It’s a good size, not overwhelming as some large museums can be.  Apparently what’s on display now is only one quarter of the collection, and the exhibition will be changed twice a year.

“This set of Roman art and Greek
is in our hemisphere unique.”

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Perfect weather today for me to enjoy the World Buskers Festival.   Daytime shows start at 11.20am, in three different venues.  I was glad I’d chosen the North Quad at the Arts Centre, because they had plenty of chairs, and some shade.  At the other venues you have to sit on the ground or take your own chair.  First up was Wacky Chad.

He soared above the crowd on a pogo stick

He soared above the crowd on a pogo stick

 

then juggled while balancing on a tall unicycle

then juggled while balancing on a tall unicycle

Chad was followed by CircOz.  This trio also performs at night as FlameOz.  Their act would be more spectacular in the dark.

Dimitri juggling with fire

Dimitri juggling with fire

 

Gracie with fiery hoops, supported by Dave

Gracie with fiery hoops, supported by Dave

These shows are definitely worth seeing, and all for a voluntary donation.  Great entertainment for any age.  The festival finishes on Sunday.

“In daytime some great people busk
some even better after dusk.”

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Today we had a chance to see the newly-opened parts of the Arts Centre.  All the restoration has been beautifully done.  I was pleased to see the mural with a drawing of the Town Crier, is still displayed in the Market Square.

Mural by Charlotte, Molly, & Samuel

Mural by Charlotte, Molly, & Samuel

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“The Arts Centre is coming back
with restoration well on track.”

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Arts Centre restoration has led to the opening up of the the old Boys’ High Gymnasium and swimming pool area.

Boys' High Gymnasium building

Boys’ High Gymnasium building

The gym is now occupied by the Free Theatre, and it looks as though there could be the possibility of outside performances in the old swimming pool area.  Prior to the earthquakes the pool was underneath a building and was used by a woodturner to store wood while it dried.

“It’s good to see this building done.
The Centre’s new life has begun.”

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The old Gymnasium at the Arts Centre can be clearly seen now that the building next to it has been demolished.

Arts Centre Gymnasium on the left

Underneath the pile of rubble lies the old swimming pool which in more recent times was used to store the wood turners’ wood as it dried out.  I took this photo from the Cheesemonger’s shop in the old Registry extension, the only part of the Centre that’s currently open.

“Our Arts Centre is sorely missed.
When will its life once more exist?”

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