Then and now (pen vs earthquake)

Pen vs earthquake #2 – The Octagon, Design & Arts College and the Hotel Grand Chancellor, 2013

Pen vs earthquake #2 – The Octagon, Design & Arts College and the Hotel Grand Chancellor, 2013

The beautiful building in the foreground, formerly the Trinity Congregational Church, was a restaurant and live music venue (Octagon Live) when this sketch was done. Built between 1873 and 1875, it sustained a lot of damage in the 2010/2011 earthquakes. There are plans to restore the timber interior and the 1871 pipe organ (thought to be one of only three of its kind left in the world).

The building to the right of the church was my old art school (you can’t tell from the photo but it’s in a very sorry state ― it was deemed unsafe following the February 2011 earthquake and put on the city’s ‘partial demolish’ list). The building on the left, the one on a bit of a lean, was the Hotel Grand Chancellor (now demolished). The hotel was built in 1986 and was Christchurch’s tallest building for more than 20 years.

Pen vs earthquake Octagon

The sketch is originally from this student project (click on the link and scroll down). The photographs were taken last week. Ben Heine’s ingenious Pencil Vs Camera images were my inspiration. This is my second ‘pen vs earthquake’ ― below is a link to the first one.

Pen vs earthquake #1 – Mona Vale, 2013

9 thoughts on “Then and now (pen vs earthquake)

  1. poppytump

    I wonder if there will be someone holding up your picture series with another view in another few … decades time Anna ..
    Such a great idea you found of Ben’s as a prompt for yourself too .

    Reply
    1. Anna Cull Post author

      I like the idea of taking these pictures again… and at the rate Christchurch is changing, I won’t have to wait decades for a different view.

      Reply
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