Saturday, July 6, 2013

Pallet Pavilion. Junk Art Around Christ Church Cathedral Ruin

Saturday afternoon, 06.07.13. Leah & I wanted to see live music & new art in Cathedral Sq. Since NZDF soldiers had left the red zone cordon last week, after occupying Christchurch CBD for 28 months post 22.02.11 quake & although there were still many cordon fences around bldgs & across streets in the CBD, citizens went back to the CBD to see demolition sites & abandoned bldgs & Restart Cashel Mall shops & some reopened New Regent St shops. The rest of the CBD was zombie land, a few shops & bars opened on the borders of the former red zone CBD.

2 images, Colombo St:


06.07.13. Cnr Colombo St / Peterborough St view, abandoned Copthorne Hotel awaiting demolition. Forsyth Barr (Crowne Plaza Hotel) behind awaiting repairs

As we'd done last weekend, we wanted to walk across Colombo St Bridge to Victoria Sq. No luck. Cordon fences across Colombo St blocked our way by abandoned Town Hall. So much for CERA's trumpeted removal of cordon fencing.


06.07.13. Orange, plastic, road cones & fence cordon. Cnr Colombo St / Kilmore St view, fence cordoned Colombo St Bridge. Abandoned Copthorne Hotel awaited demolition. Forsyth Barr (Crowne Plaza Hotel) beyond awaiting repairs

We wandered along Kilmore St to Pallet Pavilion. Leah stood in front of Town Hall front door for the first time since the 22.02.11 quake. It was still fence cordoned, awaiting repairs, but shipping container barriers were gone.

13 images, Kilmore St:


06.07.13. Fence cordoned, abandoned Christchurch Town Hall awaiting repairs, Kilmore St


06.07.13. Shipping container doubling as a kitchen / shop, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, Kilmore St. Abandoned Christchurch Town Hall left awaiting repairs


06.07.13. Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, Kilmore St. The Arcades & Pallet Pavilion on site. Victoria Square apartments awaiting demolition left behind for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Open Court House, Durham St Nth middle behind


06.07.13. Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, Kilmore St. Abandoned Town Hall left awaiting repairs. Gap Filler hut left. Mini Golf & The Arcades middle. Abandoned Forsyth Barr (Crowne Plaza Hotel) behind left awaiting repairs. Behind The Arcades, Victoria Square apartments awaiting demolition for NZ Govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre


06.07.13. The Arcades & Pallet Pavilion, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, Kilmore St. Abandoned Forsyth Barr (Crowne Plaza Hotel) awaiting repairs


06.07.13. The Arcades & Pallet Pavilion, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, Kilmore St. Abandoned Forsyth Barr (Crowne Plaza Hotel) behind awaiting repairs. Victoria Square apartments behind right awaiting demolition for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre


06.07.13. Flea market, Pallet Pavilion, Kilmore St. Abandoned Forsyth Barr (Crowne Plaza Hotel) behind left awaiting repairs. Victoria Square apartments behind right awaiting demolition for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention centre


06.07.13. Flea market, Pallet Pavilion, Kilmore St. Abandoned Spicers behind awaiting demolition for new lawyers' offices, Durham St Nth


A flea market traded at Pallet Pavilion. Stacked, blue pallets were a wind break for customers sitting on pallets chomping food & drinks bought at a refreshment stall & trailer shops. Leah liked the new, wooden, relocatable Arcades going down to Victoria Sq.
 

06.07.13. Pallet Pavilion & food trailers, Kilmore St. Abandoned Forsyth Barr (Crowne Plaza Hotel) behind left awaiting repairs. Victoria Square apartments middle awaiting demolition for NZ govt's / CERA's Blueprint Convention Centre. Court House behind right


06.07.13. The Arcades, Crowne Plaza Hotel demolition site, Kilmore St. Christchurch Casino right

We wandered to Victoria Sq, abandoned Town Hall still fence cordoned awaiting repairs. One could approach the floral clock at last 28 months post quake, but it still wasn't working properly.


06.07.13. Floral Clock, Victoria Sq. Open Court House behind


I liked standing on Victoria Bridge (repaired in 2016) & looking downstream Avon River to Colombo St Bridge (still cordoned) & upstream to Armagh St Bridge, open for pedestrian traffic.

Bordering Victoria Sq: Craigs House was gone, demolished & abandoned Victoria Square apartments awaited demolition for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre. Abandoned Copthorne Hotel awaited demolition. Forsyth Barr awaited repairs for the "new" Crowne Plaza Hotel. The National Bank / Isaac House, abandoned opp Forsyth Barr, would be the new Convention Centre's neighbour. Abandoned hotels, like Millennium Hotel (Distinction Hotel)  stayed in the CBD hoping tourism would restart.

The longer the Anglican Church delayed rebuilding or restoring Christ Church Cathedral & the longer the Crown delayed building CCDU's Convention Centre the longer it would take for hotels to flourish. As CBD hotels would benefit from Christ Church Cathedral tourism & Convention Centre clients, why didn't CBD hotels contribute to rebuild Christ Church Cathedral & contribute to the Convention Centre build?

Gloucester St W was closed by abandoned Central Library awaiting demolition for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre. CERA's / SCIRT's street closures & detours happened all over Christchurch. One week a street was open, the next closed / detoured for months.

1 image, Gloucester St:


06.07.13. Closed Gloucester St by Cathedral Sq left. Abandoned Central Library right awaiting demolition for NZ govt's / CCDU's Blueprint Convention Centre

32 images, Cathedral Sq:


06.07.13. Serial quake trashed, cordoned Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Sq


06.07.13. Godley statue plinth left, Cathedral Sq. Godley statue fell off in the 22.20.11 quake. Abandoned Rydges Hotel behind right


06.07.13. Junk art on fence cordon, ruined Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Sq. Abandoned Millennium Hotel (Distinction Hotel) right



06.07.13. Junk art on fence cordon, ruined Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Sq. Junk art, vegetation whare in front of Cathedral. Repaired Novotel & Rendezvous Hotel (Pacific Tower) left, abandoned Millennium Hotel (Distinction Hotel) right 




Cathedral Sq: A band played on a temporary stage, backed by abandoned, cordoned, old PO & Telecom bldg. Boards in front of the stage read:

WELCOME BACK
CATHEDRAL SQUARE...


06.07.13. WELCOME BACK, band playing on temp stage, Cathedral Sq. Abandoned, old PO behind


06.07.13. Band playing, Cathedral Sq. Abandoned, old PO & abandoned Telecom behind



People wandered Cathedral Sq looking at junk art, where artists had covered cordon fencing around ruined Christ Church Cathedral with bright geometric designs on a black background. They'd stuck 1 000s of coloured plastic squares, forming more geometric designs, into cordon fence wires, bordering abandoned bldgs around Cathedral Sq.


06.07.13. Quake damaged, boarded, N transept, Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral  Sq


06.07.13. Quake damaged apse & N transept, Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Sq


06.07.13. Junk art on fence cordon, quake damaged, S nave wall & S transept, Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Sq. Steel gate & steel mesh on fence cordon



06.07.13. Junk art on fence cordon, cnr Cathedral Sq / Colombo St. Part demolished BNZ left


06.07.13. Junk art on fence cordon, cnr Cathedral Sq / Colombo St. Closed public toilets & open Ibis Hotel right


06.07.13. Junk art on fence cordon by ANZ demolition site, cnr Colombo St / Cathedral Sq. Closed public toilets & open Ibis Hotel left. Abandoned, old PO & abandoned Telecom right

Incongruously, a whare shed, covered in vegetation, was plonked in front of the cordon fence before the ruined W facade of Christ Church Cathedral. An A frame echo of the quake trashed W facade.

It was all tacky, garish colours, like curry powder in a bazaar. Instead of fixing quake trashed roads, Council paid artists for junk art, dumbing down Christchurch citizens. More insulting were gaps in the arty fence, with steel gates & steel mesh, for citizens to stare at ruined Christ Church Cathedral, like monkeys in a cage.


06.07.13. Steel gate & steel mesh on junk art, fence cordon, quake trashed, W facade, Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Sq


06.07.13. Junk art, SW cordon fence, quake trashed Christ Church Cathedral, Cathedral Sq


Deconsecrated Christ Church Cathedral was a dangerous ruin behind junk art. If it were safe, there would be no need for steel bracing, window boards, cordon fencing & shipping container barriers.

New boards on Cathedral Sq described historic topics, like Christchurch transport, also incongruous, as there was only foot traffic in Cathedral Sq. Board headings:

JOURNEY CENTRAL.


THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT (Propaganda, NZ National govt, National party slogan: A BRIGHTER FUTURE).


A VAST CHANGING CANVAS.


TOGETHER, TO GATHER.



Ad boards near the cop kiosk:

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TOURS
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YOU WILL EVER SEE...

2 HOUR LOCAL TOUR $65
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06.07.13. Junk art on cordon fence, NW cnr Cathedral Sq


06.07.13. Tourist ad boards, Cathedral Sq. Closed Camelot hotel, behind left awaiting demolition for Central Library rebuild. Repaired Novotel middle. Cop kiosk right

 


06.07.13. Ad bike, cop kiosk, Cathedral Sq

 

06.07.13. N cnr Colombo St / Cathedral Sq view, cordoned, abandoned & repaired bldgs: Abandoned Camelot Hotel left awaiting demolition for Central Library rebuild. Repaired Novotel behind left. Repaired Heritage Hotel right

As most bldgs were abandoned & cordoned around Cathedral Sq, we wouldn't return for a while.

*Wandered Colombo St, Kilmore St, Gloucester St, Cathedral Sq.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

2 comments:

  1. Sad :( Yes not EVERYTHING has to be covered in contemporary art. Respect.

    Cheers

    ReplyDelete