Three years ago on the 22nd of February 2011 an earth quake shook Christchurch and many small surrounding towns.
185 people died, 115 of those in the CTV building when it crumbled to the ground and caught fire.
3 years 6 months and 10 days later, walking around the city the affects of the earthquake are still everywhere, more than half of the buildings have large red X’s across the shop fronts, they have been red zoned (to dangerous to be entered) and abandoned.
You can tell people left in a rush.
All though this city is still very broken and signs of that are everywhere, some really amazing things have come out of this devastating event.
To name just a few, The Container Mall, which is an outside area filled with shops inside shipping containers. The Cardboard Cathedral, the name says it all. The people of Christchurch, they all stepped up to help each other out. No matter whether you see it, hear it or read about it, it’s always so great to see people helping people.
This blog post though is about the art in Christchurch. So many buildings were either totally destroyed or have only a few walls left standing from the earthquake, there is nothing else left to do with them. They are all slowly being knocked down one by one, but this is a very long process. So on a lot of the buildings massive walls of art have appeared.
I’m not going to say I did any of these art works justice, I don’t think you can capture it properly with an iPhone and a lot of the art work is fenced off because either the buildings have been demolished near them or the area is to dangerous, you can see the fencing and demolished buildings in some of the pictures.
There’s so many ridiculously talented people out there, it blows my mind. I took pictures of all the street art I could find and there sure was a lot, I have 28 pictures all up, but I’m sure there’s some I missed out, after 2 1/2 hours of walking around I was getting tired, I captured as much as I could.
185 Chairs to remember those who died in the earthquake