One of the things I love doing when I go home to Christchurch, even if only for a few days, is taking some time & driving around the city to spot the latest street art that has popped up.
In saying that, sometimes it can be a little hard to stop suddenly to get out and take photos. So I let my fingers do the walking and googled to see if there was anything specific I could check out.. turns out there was.
Sydenham is a suburb of Christchurch that is just south of the CBD. Heading down Colombo Street and crossing over Moorhouse Avenue & the rail overbridge, there is a empty lot that has been transformed into an outdoor art gallery & car park (this happens a lot in the empty plots of land in the CBD actually.. loads of car parks around now!).
If you have followed my blog or Instagram, you will know that I really love street art – I think that these artists are really talented. It’s on thing to bring your vision to life on a small canvas but it’s a completely different thing to put it on the wall of a building. Christchurch has embraced these artists after the 2010/2011 earthquakes meant there was a lot of blanks wall space due to the large number of buildings in the CBD that were razed to the ground.
What started, I think, as a way to bring colour and people back to the the broken city, has become something that Christchurch is now synonymous with and something that I really hope continues despite the rebuilding that is currently happening in the city. Artists from all over the world come to Christchurch to put their mark on the city.
(FYI there are LOTS of photos here! I couldn’t decide with ones to leave out)
All photos were taken on Colombo Street, just after the over bridge.