Beauty in the broken

Pretty much everyone (with the notable exception of Zara and Tom in Lake Tekapo) has said to me that Christchurch is still too difficult a place to be, more than three years on from the major earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. So before I got there I decided I wanted to help with something constructive as well as looking for some of the positives… not just this:

… but this:



I can’t remember who told me about them now, but there are organisations who are trying to make creative and green spaces out of the (temporary; impermanent) devastation left by the earthquakes, including ones called Gapfiller, Greening the Rubble and – love this – the Ministry of Awesome! Having navigated through the crazy (temporary; impermanent) road system I somehow arrived at the inexplicably incognito Greening the Rubble community gardens, ready and eager to get stuck in and plant something! Sadly for Christchurch, the weekly organisation meetings have dwindled to nothing and it’s not easy for a (temporary; impermanent) visitor like me to help out. For anyone staying in the area though, I’m sure you could make a difference! Failing that just go and use the playful Sound Garden or Gap Golf course…




I really noticed the music from this flute in the middle of the innovative re:start commercial centre.

It would’ve been a poignant sound at this (temporary; impermanent) memorial to the lives lost.



Depending on your (temporary; impermanent) life-situation as you read this, good or bad, this ‘Infinity Poetry’ wall might have different effects on you. I see some truths through new eyes, and it somehow breaks my heart happily.








Give it a few more years, and although the Garden City will still only have remnants of its attractive historic centre, I’m sure many more people will see it as an inspiring place!



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One comment on “Beauty in the broken
  1. Bjoern says:

    Hi Emily,

    I really love this “Walk as if you are kissing the ground with your feet” – sounds like a good description for showing some respect to the element that keeps us all alive. You don’t have to be on the moon to find out that you’re glad to be on earth.

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