Memorial Guitar: Kia Kaha
One white over-painted hand-made electric guitar made primarily from ash and maple timbers, also incorporating wood from a variety of historic buildings in Canterbury damaged or destroyed in the 2010 - 2011 earthquakes including the Arts Centre, Kutwell’s Warehouse, Lyttleton main street pub, Timeball Station, Carlton Hotel, Merivale shops, buildings in Chester Street and Duvauchelle Hotel; text, poems and quotes from the makers relating to the 22 February 2011 earthquake have been imprinted onto the body of the instrument and a scroll listing the names of 181 [sic] of those who died is held in a sealed chamber within the guitar's body; with purpose built hard bodied, lined carry case.
Jason and Bruce Pickering made this guitar to commemorate the losses that Canterbury has sustained as a result of the 22 February 2011 earthquake. The names of 181 people who died during the earthquake are written on a scroll hidden in a sealed chamber within the body of the guitar. The guitar incorporates wood from a variety of notable buildings in Canterbury that were damaged or destroyed during the earthquakes, such as the Arts Centre, the Timeball Station in Lyttelton and the 150 year old Duvauchelle Hotel. The guitar has been painted white and embellished with poems, and text relating to the 22 February 2011 earthquake has been imprinted onto the body of the instrument. It is one of many items held within this collection that reflect the collective outpouring of sympathy and support for the people of Christchurch and Canterbury.