Reflections of reflections of Christchurch

One of my favourite random Christchurch discoveries was this wall on Southwark Street. It is on the side of the Warren and Mahoney building. Just a wall reflecting a wall, that’s all. But done to perfection.

All the signs reversed, paint imitating the wear and tear of time.
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On 23 May 2014 both wall and the wall it imitates were there.
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On 9 January 2015 the original was a whiteout. Art as a reflection of what doesn’t exist.
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Christchurchiana: 2014 in pictures

I’ve picked a few of my favourite photos of this year. It makes me realise – we have seen a lot.

January

Street art to the max. It was in the Canterbury Museum, it was on the streets. Brilliant stuff.
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Christ’s College gargoyle.
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Hydrangea reflections in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
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February

Sand sculpture at New Brighton.
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The trams are back.
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Hereford Street reopens.
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Last day of kindy.
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March

Flood.
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Sans camera for a while as it was water damaged by flood. Used the camera on my phone.
A tribute to Mellory Manning.
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Blue lady.
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Pallet Pavilion, with Dan Rhodes’ book.
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April

Owen Dippie’s ballerina mural on the back of the Isaac Theatre Royal.
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The Price Waterhouse Coopers site, Armagh Street.
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Bye bye to the Pallet Pavilion.
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The ladies bike through town, and past the new Botanic Gardens visitor centre.
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May

The demolition of the Majestic Theatre.
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NZSO at Central Library Peterborough.
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Dad and author Camilla Läckberg.
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Bizarro Christchurch, Southwark Street.
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Ronnie van hout on top of C1 Espresso/Alices.
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June

A ghost sign on the way out.
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Eel in the Botanic Gardens.
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A demolition at sunrise.
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New art by Mike Hewson.
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July

I am no Urbex explorer, but I did nearly fall through a window getting this photo. Tip – don’t lean on earthquake damaged windows. Lichfield Street.
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Matariki at Rehua Marae.
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Eastgate sunrise.
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Light and trees.
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Dairy at sunset.
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The re-opening of Cuningham and Townend Houses in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
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August

The beautiful sunrises and sunsets this year counterpointed bits of ruin.
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Dirty Politics by Nicky Hager.
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These guys popped up out of nowhere, and later disappeared as easily.
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Another temporary glory – the graffiti house on Cranford Street.
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Bad sign.
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WORD Christchurch.
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September

Probably my favourite of Christchurch’s new buildings – this stately reflective beauty on Cambridge Terrace.
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Christchurch Art Gallery family fun day.
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Reading in the Houses for Swamp Dwellers (a photo to promote a FESTA event)
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A spiderweb on Smith Street.
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October

Heritage Day.
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FESTA – Festival of Transitional Architecture – City Ups.
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November

The Kid meeting Kate Sheppard.
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December

A very Christchurchy Christmas in the Re:START.

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A few favourite things: 2014 in pictures: December

One of my favourite things to take photos of this year has been cranes and the sky. The variation comes from the background and the sky, the cranes are always cranes, though sometimes they dip their heads in conversation to one another.
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And another thing we enjoy are markets. This is one of Anissa Victoria’s Vintage Market at the Commons, formerly the Pallet Pavilion, formerly the Crowne Plaza, formerly the Park Royal …
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New art

This is by Jacob Yikes on Manchester Street, an upcoming Mexican restaurant.
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Wongi finished his piece on the side of the new Corianders in St Asaph Street.
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Cathedral Square

Chess.
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The Wizard, not in.
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Romanesque ruins in Armagh Street.
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Tuam Street, no.
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Christmas in town and the Re:START

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Cosmic Corner unicorn.
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The Canterbury Museum

One of our happy places. There is a great exhibition on currently called Selling the dream – classic New Zealand tourism posters.
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The dolls house.
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The chandelier in the Costume Gallery.
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Antarctical licks.
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The skidoo.
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A holiday in Bishopdale

You get used to your own neighbourhood, it is a holiday to be somewhere different.
Dove second hand books.
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The Life of Pi, lenticular styles.
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Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
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More December photos.

Yes

“I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish Wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes. “

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Summerstarters: 2014 in pictures: November

The sun came, the blue skies. The rebuild.
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But still the oddities and the signs of the times to catch your eye.
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Giraffe invasion.
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The Kid met Kate.
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A shadow of myself.

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The last of the Central Library, Gloucester Street. In her demise she bared her rather beautiful bones, and took on the look of a beached oceanliner.
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Fair season.
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Sydenham delights. Romance in a window at the Colombo.
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And Jacob Yikes street art.
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A visit to Rehua Marae.
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Fill a bag of books for $2 – don’t mind if I do. Courtesy of the Still standing op shop on Warrington Street.
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A chance again to watch Wongi do his thing.
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At the ArtBox – fab Julia Holden exhibition with some recognisable people from Christchurch arts.

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A first birthday, at the Edmonds factory gardens.
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And on the last day of November, my Dad and me enjoyed The Press Summer Starter.
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More November photos.

Fun and FESTAtivities: 2014 in pictures: October

Demolition, man

The Bus Exchange.
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Government Life.
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Central Library.
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Fun stuff

Frozen.
A thousand Queen Elsas.
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Craig Smith and crew in Cathedral Square.
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New dude in Hereford Street.
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Zinefest.
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Heritage Week – City Day.
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Birthday.
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Ah, spring

The best of blues
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Victoria Square plantings.
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FESTA – Festival of Transitional Architecture
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Exclesior facade.
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More October photos.

Ice and flowers: 2014 in pictures: September

A walk round the old ways for 4 September.
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Bye bye Central Library.
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New builds, new arts

On Victoria / Salisbury Street.
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Cambridge Terrace.
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High Street.
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The Green Room, Colombo Street.
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19 September 2014

Suffragist City. Kate Sheppard Memorial.
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Nature

Spidermagic on Smith Street.
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Echium on Smith Street.
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Hagley Park daffodils.
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Flowers in Victoria Square.
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Out and about

Woodend Fair.
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IceFest.
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Christchurch Art Gallery Family Fun Day.
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Me.
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More September photos.