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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Standing Tall #15

This sculpture doesn't look too impressive from a distance, but on closer inspection it's actually quite a thoughtful design in the context of the earthquake rebuild. The silvery tapa flowers represent the beauty that's slowly emerging among the grime and rust of the damage, and when you look closely, you can see there's a light base coat beneath the darker exterior.
Designed by Troy Gutry, it suits its name Beauty Amongst the Rust, but also its surroundings: Victoria Square. This was one of the few public places in central Christchurch that remained relatively undamaged by the quakes, and the statue of Queen Victoria needed no repair work whatsoever (you'd expect nothing less from Queen Victoria).





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