Wayne Youle

Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Whakaeke, Māori

The Saviour

  • 2012
  • Fibreglass, mahogany, leather, ply and electrical components
  • Purchased 2012
  • 1310 x 1270 x 813mm
  • 2012/043

In the weeks and months that followed the devastating earthquake on 22 February 2011, many Christchurch people looked in vain for a ‘hero on a white horse’ to lead the city out of crisis. Galloping creakily to nowhere, Wayne Youle’s riderless Saviour punctures the notion of a knight in shining armour. Instead, it emphasises his belief that this city’s salvation lies in the hands of ordinary people: all those who stayed – through choice or necessity – and contributed to the recovery in countless, unsung ways.

(Unseen: The Changing Collection, 18 December 2015 – 19 June 2016)

Exhibition History