Christchurch – Part 3

Still in deep lockdown… So don’t really want to talk about anything too dark today. Actually, I want to show you the ways that Christchurch has rebuilt itself in the time following the disaster.

In my previous post, I concentrated on the ruins, and you might remember seeing the ruins of the Anglican Cathedral. The people of Christchurch didn’t want to be without a place of worship for too long, so they quickly commissioned the Cardboard Cathedral, which was opened 2.5 years after the earthquake.

Christchurch CBD Creativity

It’s a very creative and positive building to enter, and when we visited there was a lot of activity. It was supposed to be temporary, but I heard they’ve decided to make it a permanent fixture for the city.

In other places around the city they’ve planted gardens where there were buildings. This one is a memorial garden in the place where the CTV station building was.

Christchurch CBD Creativity

Other places are getting rebuilt in typical 2010’s style.

Christchurch CBD Creativity

However there are places that are a little more innovative. Christchurch is famous for its use of shipping containers as structures.

Christchurch CBD Creativity

And some interesting sculptural elements.

Christchurch CBD Creativity

Christchurch CBD Creativity

And finally there’s a proliferation of street art everywhere you look, on old and new buildings.

Christchurch CBD Creativity

Christchurch CBD Creativity

Christchurch CBD Creativity

Christchurch CBD Creativity

The combination of all this artwork is very moving. It shows a city that’s rebuilding itself using art. We can learn a lot from that.

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