Last week marked the six year anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake. In February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck the city, leaving massive destruction in its wake.
The Christchurch Art Gallery survived the earthquake, though some damage had been done. The gallery packed away its art while nearby buildings were demolished, and the gallery itself was used to house Civil Defense workers for months post-earthquake. The city was in transition, and so was the gallery.
The Art Gallery collaborated with artists and organizations to continue showing art around the city, despite not having a home base to welcome visitors. In 2013, the gallery’s structure was retro-fitted to protect it against future earthquakes, making it safer for both the people and the art it houses.
The Christchurch Art Gallery re-opened in December of 2015, almost five years after it closed its doors. The glistening, curved-glass building stands stronger than ever as it continues to promote art and community in a city that needs it now more than ever.
Every aspect of the gallery can be considered a of work-of-art: the building itself, the sculptures and piano that sit out front, the wide-open lobby. The exhibits feature a range of art from contemporary artists. Wandering through each space is inspiring and invigorating.
Now that the Christchurch Art Gallery has been open for over a year and the city continues to rebuild, it’s Martin Creed’s 46-meter neon sign that really says it all. The work of art hangs on the outside of the gallery along Worcester Boulevard for all to see. It reads, “Everything is going to be alright”.
Location: Corner of Worcester Blvd & Montreal St
Hours: 10 am – 5 pm daily
Admission: FREE Entry
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