This article first appeared as 'Picture perfect postcards of our prominent places' in The Press on 25 March 2015.
This article first appeared as 'Mulling matters of inequality' in The Press on 3 February 2015.
With so many 'old dungers' banished to oblivion in these parts, it's now difficult to find evidence, within the four avenues at least, that Christchurch had existed at all before, say, about 1983...
Stakes in the ground
Last, Loneliest, Loveliest is New Zealand's first official presence at the International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, and takes its alliterative title from Rudyard Kipling's poem, 'The Song of the Cities', which gives four lines each to various cities from the British Empire, including Auckland:
Last, loneliest, loveliest, exquisite, apart–
On us, on us the unswerving season smiles,
Who wonder 'mid our fern why men depart
To seek the Happy Isles!
This article first appeared as 'Allegory of life's beauty, brevity and fragility' in The Press on 15 August 2014.
Survival skills for the new Christchurch: one of these is getting out more.
This article first appeared as 'Artist unknown' in The Press on 6 June 2014.
Curator Ken Hall writes about his experience of working with artists Chris Heaphy and Sara Hughes, as part of a small team with other city council staff and Ngāi Tahu arts advisors, on the Transitional Cathedral Square artist project.
This article first appeared as 'Fixed in time' in The Press on 17 April 2014
Sir Toss Woollaston (1910-98) seldom painted urban landscape, and is best known for his characteristically energetic, atmospheric fusion of natural earth, water and sky. Greymouth with Tower is one of a small number of paintings dating from the 1950s painted from the elevated vantage point of his Greymouth home.