Digital Photograph: Decoration on Safety Fence on London Street, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
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09 Mar 2011
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 9 March 2011 showing a handmade heart cut from a cream woollen blanket with the words "KIA KAHA LONDON STREET" stitched on in a variety of colours of wool. A smaller heart of red fabric with a white heart pattern is stitched to the base of the heart. The artwork is tied to the fence with three strands of cream wool. Buildings on London Street and on the eastern side of Lyttelton are visible through the fence.
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In the weeks following the 22 February 2011 earthquakes a number of hearts and other decorations appeared on temporary fencing, lampposts and pinned to local residents' chests. These were made by a group called Lyttel Stitches, a project grown by members of the Board of Project Lyttelton who saw the need for people to meet together and talk, and who wanted something to do with their hands while they were talking. The hearts were created mainly under umbrellas and a gazebo outside the Lyttelton Library on London Street. The story of these hearts was documented by Bettina Evans in the book The Shaken Heart: Earthquake stories from the heart of Lyttelton.
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London Street
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