More Curious Christchurch

Crack’d for Christchurch
In a similar vein to Rekindle who rescued and reused timber from residential demolition sites, a group called Crack’d for Christchurch used donated broken china to create a beautiful mosaic chair and ottoman. The chair named Flora weighs over two tonnes, and is matched with Otto the ottoman, it took more than a year to complete this stunning project. Flora and Otto are in The Green Room at 599 Colombo Street and furnish a flower filled garden created by Greening the Rubble.

The Green Room, 599 Colombo Street

The Green Room, 599 Colombo Street

Beautiful work Crack'd for Christchurch & Greening the Rubble

Beautiful work Crack’d for Christchurch & Greening the Rubble

Clockwork Emporium & Cafe
Note: Clockwork Emporium & Cafe closed in July 2015 and is relocating to Wellington – see Facebook for updates.
If you’re interested in steampunk or are wanting to outfit yourself for the Steampunk Festival in Oamaru, you’ll find steampunked leather boots, hand bags, corsets, and lots of accessories at the Clockwork Emporium & Cafe. You can also shop online. Possibly inspired by the Mexican wave of food trucks on the city’s streets there’s Day of the Dead themed jewellery. The cafe sells tea, coffee, sodas and sweet treats, there’s a small amount of seating outside on New Regent Street. Open 7 days, 10am – 5pm.

Clockwork Emporium & Cafe

Clockwork Emporium & Cafe

Re:START Container Mall, Cashel Street
Re:START container mall is still attracting plenty of visitors three years on from its October 2011 opening. Since my last visit it has been reconfigured to make way for the development of a permanent office and retail complex. I noticed some quirky touches on this visit like the scrap metal Christmas tree outside Hummingbird Coffee.

Scrap metal Christmas tree at Re:START

Scrap metal Christmas tree at Re:START

And the solar charge table for mobile devices – you need the USB cord for your device and probably a few dollars to buy a beverage to drink while you wait.

Solar charge table at Re:START

Solar charge table at Re:START

You can also take a seat on a bean bag with a book like ‘The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People’. If the book titles and wall of advice irks rather than inspires, there’s always shopping.

Beanbags and books

Beanbags and books

Take a break or shop at Re:START

Take a break or shop at Re:START

Christchurch Stands Tall Sculpture Trail
I’ve never lost sleep mulling over what a group of giraffes might be called, but it’s a tower. A tower of giraffes greeted us when we went to collect our luggage at the domestic terminal at Christchurch Airport. The giraffes are part of a collection of 99 that make up the Stands Tall Sculpture Trail – 49 large giraffes and 50 small ones are scattered as far afield as Kaiapoi and Rangiora.

A tower of giraffes at Christchurch Airport

A tower of giraffes at Christchurch Airport

The public art project was initiated by Wild in Art in the UK who will send a parliament of owls to Birmingham next year for The Big Hoot. Back in Christchurch, sponsorship was secured for the blank fibre glass giraffes and artists were invited to submit designs. Sponsors chose the designs that are now displayed on the 2.5 metre giraffes all over the city. The small giraffe sculptures were sponsored and decorated by local schools who get to keep them at the end of the event.

Aroha. Love Canterbury. Designed by Jane McIntosh, at The Commons

Aroha. Love Canterbury. Designed by Jane McIntosh, at The Commons

The sculptures are on display until 24 January 2015. On 11 February the large giraffes will be auctioned with 75% of the funds going to four local charities. You can pick up a printed map to follow the sculpture trail, download the trail map, or the free App. Head to the Christchurch Stands Tall facebook page for more information.

Spring - Brilliance in Resilience by Gwilym Devey, at Peacock Fountain, Botanic Gardens

Spring – Brilliance in Resilience by Gwilym Devey, at Peacock Fountain, Botanic Gardens

PS. The design that got me giggling is The Animal Biscuit by Adam Fields. You can see The Animal Biscuit at The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, I saw it on Christchurch Daily Photo.

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