New year, new art: 2014 in pictures: January

Kia ora 2014. In January, Christchurch streets (and the Canterbury Museum) came alive with the Rise Festival kicking off a programme of art in the streets. It is the bright antidote to the grey of demolition and decay, even when it uses them as a canvas.

We went to the exhibition on New Year’s Day, and several times again.
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And out on the streets …
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The Arts Centre was a pressie.
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And the Botanic Gardens were in luscious form. Hydrangeas, even beautiful reflected in the puddles.
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Shand’s Emporium was on the move.
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Market finds.
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And I enjoyed exploring the Museum and Christ’s College’s gargoyles and figures.
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More January 2014 pictures.

Dead sheep

When Dad sheared sheep, he left them with sideburns so they looked like late era Elvis.

Once when we were visiting the home farm on the Coast, we tried to move a dead sheep and both ended up retching. My stoic little sister held the contents of her stomach intact. That ghastly sound of expellent air as we tried to move it. The smell, the smell.

At high school in Gore, the worst insult the boys could hurl at a girl was “Dead sheep”.

Sherriff, George, 1846-1930. Sherriff, George, 1846-1930 :[A victim of the keas. ca 1885]. Ref: 1/2-002753-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22306211

Sherriff, George, 1846-1930. Sherriff, George, 1846-1930 :[A victim of the keas. ca 1885]. Ref: 1/2-002753-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22306211