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The Otakaro/Avon River was once an abundant source of food.  This artwork by Rewi Couch is situated beside North Hagley Park.

Hinaki (Eel trap)

Hinaki (Eel trap)

It shows a Hinaki (eel trap) and is a conceptual representation of traditional gathering of fresh water foods.  Eel/tuna would once have been caught at this spot.  These days fishing is forbidden in the Botanic Gardnes, but presumably allowed here.  I wonder if anyone goes eeling beside the Park?

“Restoring river’s under way.
Will there be fishing here some day?”

 

 

 

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“I like your form” is the title of this work by Lonnie Hutchinson.

Giant eel trap

Giant eel trap

It’s in the shape of a giant eel trap/hinaki, situated within the archways in the Commons area on the old Crowne Plaza site.  This work is part of the Festival of Transitional Architecture, which will take place over Labour Weekend.

Banksy is one of many who have quoted “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.”  There’s no doubt that all these inner city artworks are comforting (and occasionally disturbing).

“There may be no sign of an eel
but this will lift the way we feel.”

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