Demolition art exhibition

44 Bealey Avenue – a Presbyterian Support Services building – is being demolished. But before it goes, it has hosted an exhibition. The walls were painted, windows were drawn in, and the empty offices played host to installations. We went and took a look on Saturday 18 November. Read Christchurch condemned social services building becomes living art exhibition.

Here are some pics:

The only other pre-demo exhibition I’ve seen happened on Cranford Street in 2014 and it was astonishing.

Art & demolition, making & unmaking: Christchurch in pictures

I clocked 10,000 photos on my camera yesterday. The art and the demolition and the normal stuff catch my eye – a view from a window, a bit of rubbish, a conjunction of unlike things. These photos are from the last fortnight, and are in reverse order – I’ve watched graf and murals in the Re:START take shape. Things made, things unmade.
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The view from the window of Mums 24 restaurant, Manchester Street. I discovered one of my old fave eating places has reopened by Topkapi. “How long have you been open?” I asked. “Ten years” said the kind waitress. I meant how long have you been open here (two weeks she said). But I loved her attitude. And the bee bam bap.
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The Art Box takes shape.
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Jesus. Colombo Street.
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Durham Street.
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Wongi and Ikarus’s art in the Re:START.
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A Christchurchian Christmas – Holiday Inn demolition and Christmas decorations in the Re:START.
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SCAPE’s Rachael Dewhirst mural takes shape on the side of the old Sony shop.
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The demolition of Radio Network House proceeds apace.
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Wombles on the old Convention Centre site.
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All that is left of the Farmers carpark building.
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The road is closed – URS House to be demolished quickly this weekend.
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The view down the Hamish Hay bridge to Victoria Street.
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Captain Cook.
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A view to the Pallet Pavilion through lush Victoria Square greenery.
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Piles of wire on Colombo Street like great clumps of hair.
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Colonials on Queen Victoria’s statue.
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Workers remove the Salvation Army signage.
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Soft toys on St Asaph Street.
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Wongi and Ikarus art in action
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SCAPE mural in progress.
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Farmers carpark demolition
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A worker by Concrete Propostions by Ash Keating.
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