Digital Photograph: Painting on Retaining Wall, Word Puzzle

Michael Davies
Production date
28 Apr 2012
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 28 April 2012 showing a painting of a red circle on a blue background. Painted on the right side of circle is a yellow crescent shaped representation of "the man in the moon". Painted in black is a word puzzle of 6 lines starting with "SCIRT" and changing one letter each line to finish with "START...?". The painting was executed on a large curved concrete block of a temporary retaining wall in Cunningham Terrace, Lyttelton.
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The retaining walls above and below Cunningham Terrace were severely damaged by the 22 February 2011 earthquakes. As a result, the road was blocked off and some houses were red stickered. The long period of disruption to daily life resulted in local artists expressing their opinions on the handling of the situation through satirical artworks. At the time these works were created it was 14 months since the earthquakes. Work started on constructing the retaining wall to support the road in August 2012 and the road was reopened (but not sealed) in April 2013.
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The body established in 2010/2011 to oversee the repair of earthquake damaged council infrastructure within the boundaries of Christchurch City Council
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Cunningham Terrace
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