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Christchurch Stands Tall

As part of the international Wild in Art project, this summer sees 99 fibre-glass giraffe sculptures placed around the city of Christchurch and its suburbs. Titled Christchurch Stands Tall, a trail map takes people on a journey to find the 49 sponsored large giraffes and the 50 school-project small ones. It is hoped that the trail will bring people back into parts of the city that they haven’t visited before or in a while and illustrate the ongoing progress being made in the rebuild and redesign of the city following the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. The feedback has been very positive and I for one have had fun going round ‘collecting’ them. Unfortunately, a select few have taken to vandalism and as such a small number have had to be taken off display for repair which is highly disappointing. Focusing on the positives though, there are some beautiful designs and I have a few favourites. Which are your favourites? The giraffes will be on display until 24th January 2015 before being auctioned for charity.

  • 1. Mosaic. Cathedral Square

 

  • 2. Imagine. Cathedral Square

 

  • 3. Rifraff Giraffe. Corner of High & Hereford Streets

 

  • 4. The Giraffe of Gratitude. Cashel Street (Bannatynes)

 

  • 5. Building on Our Memories. Cashel Street

 

  • 6. Point Blank. Park of Remembrance

 

  • 7. Firth. Christchurch City Council

 

  • 8. Crusade. The Arts Centre

 

  • 9. Spring (Brilliance in Resilience). Botanical Gardens at the Peacock Fountain

 

  • 10. Zarafa’s Blue Mandalas. HSBC Tower on Worcester Boulevard

 

  • 11. Raise. Worcester Bridge

 

  • 12. We Are Worth It. Christchurch Casino

 

  • 13. The Builder. The Commons

 

  • 14. Aroha, Love Canterbury. The Commons

 

  • 15. Beauty Amongst the Rust. Victoria Square

 

  • 16. Tall Toys. Cathedral Junction

 

  • 17. Queen of Hearts. Cathedral Junction

 

  • 18. Reflecting Changes. Agropolis Urban Farm (corner of High Street and Tuam Street)

 

  • 19. Safety First. EPIC Hub on Tuam Street

 

  • 20. Bubbles. ArtBox Gallery on Madras Street

 

  • 21. Te Aroha Mutunga Kore (Loved Forever). 343 Cambridge Terrace

 

  • 22. Giraffa Spatiumnolovacuam. Think Differently Book Exchange (corner of Kilmore Street & Barbadoes Street)

 

  • 23. Harakeke. Doris Lusk Park

 

  • 24. The Very Last Daisy Rothschild. XCHC

 

  • 25. The Animal Biscuit. The Colombo Mall

 

  • 26. For Fun. Christchurch South Library

 

  • 27. Moa Giraffe. Cashmere Valley Reserve

 

  • 28. Harold. Pioneer Recreation Centre

 

  • 29. Giraffe Crossing. Hazeldean Business Park

 

  • 30. Wicket. Hagley Oval

 

  • 31. The Best of Times. Riccarton House

 

  • 32. Mapthew & Head Above the Clouds. Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre

 

  • 33. Dunk (The Canterbury Giraffe). Botanic Gardens Playground

 

  • 34. Kea Parrot Stay. Mona Vale Park

 

  • 35. Reach For The Stars. Jellie Park

 

  • 36. Hero. Merivale Mall

 

  • 37. Space Wild. Malvern Park

 

  • 38. Raquelle. Pak ‘n’ Save Wainoni

 

  • 39. Head In The Clouds… Feet On The Ground… Everywhere In Between… And Beyond. Carnaby Lane, New Brighton

 

  • 40. Bat Giraffe. New Brighton Library

 

  • 41. Ziraffe. Main Road, Mount Pleasant

 

  • 42. Yagi. Sumner Green

 

  • 43. Cloud Gazer. Sumner Esplanade

 

  • 44. Evolution. London Street, Lyttelton

 

  • 45. The Longest Grink in Town. Tai Tapu General Store

 

  • 46. Monarch. Christchurch International Airport

 

  • 47. From Kaiapoi With Love. 166 Williams Street, Kaiapoi

 

  • 48. Dotted Line. 2a Good Street, Rangiora

 

  • 49. Whatever’s Clever. New Regent Street

 

  • 50. The Small Can Stand Tall Too. Canterbury Museum

 

  • 51. Cone-Raff. Christchurch Hospital

This was originally made as a joke by a member of the public to fill a spot whilst one of the giraffes was being repaired. It was so well received, it was given its own spot on the trail.

 

  • School Project Giraffes. Various

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  1. I think these programs are a wonderful idea and a great motivation to explore a city. There have been a number of programs in the US as well. We visited Meridian, Mississippi, a small, relatively unknown town which featured carousel horses. We wrote a post and I thought that you might enjoy it:

    http://gallivance.net/2014/05/26/meridians-painted-ponies-raring-to-go-for-a-good-cause/

    ~James

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