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Christchurch Art Gallery: glass & light

The Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu is a location I’d wanted to visit, after reading about the building and its art collection.

The 22 February 2011 earthquake was one of four major tremors (each at least magnitude 6) to strike the coastal Canterbury region within a span of 14 months. The cost to human lives and infrastructure was extensive. After the 22 February 2011 earthquake, the Art Gallery building was used as the central staging point for emergency and recovery operations. Suffering minor structural damage, the Art Gallery is closed for repairs until sometime in 2013.

In July 2012, I traveled by ferry and train from Wellington to Christchurch to begin my time on the South Island. I made my way to the Art Gallery, and sure enough, the place was closed. Fortunately, the building is outside of the cordoned no-go red zone.

The building is a beautiful sweeping glass structure with elegance, clear light, and curves. I took the opportunity to photograph the building in afternoon light as well as sunset’s light, and it’s easy to see why the Art Gallery is now one of the most recognized buildings in the city.

It’s important that a key building remains standing and visible, and continues to provide an vibrant artistic and cultural venue for the city of Christchurch.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

Building designed by The Buchan Group

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

“You are here”, by Matt Akehurst

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

“Aibohphobia”, by Julia Morison. Aibohphobia is the fear of palindromes.

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

“Reasons for Voyaging”, by Graham Bennett

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

I have my own reasons for voyaging

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

Front-lit silhouettes and reasons

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

Sunset light

Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna O Waiwhetu, New Zealand

Sunset sparkle

I made the photos on 15 and 17 July 2012. This post is posted on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

5 Responses to “Christchurch Art Gallery: glass & light”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Xandré. The building offers those angles, and one can’t help but photograph the building – it was relatively “easy” to do so! 🙂 Thanks for reading and for your comment! 🙂

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