Open, closed or merged; there's no doubt these are challenging days for all schools in Canterbury.
Ronnie van Hout House and School 2001. Mixed media. Purchased, 2004
Reproduced with permission
The one above, a model of the primary school artist Ronnie van Hout attended while growing up in Christchurch, seems to suggest how large that first school looms in the life of children. In Ronnie's installation, a tiny image of the artist is visible through one of the school windows, and also inside the bedroom of his Aranui home. A looped video plays and replays the breathless bike ride between these two locations, while a makeshift UFO (or is that a ministerial monitoring device?) hovers above.