Marmite photos to raise aid for Christchurch

MICHELLE ROBINSON
Last updated 05:00 28/11/2012
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CHARITY PROJECT: Marmite jars for a Christchurch Christmas fundraiser A Beautiful Struggle being photographed by Chris Sisarich.

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RUNNING LOW: Actress Greer Robson-Kirk's empty Marmite jar.

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An unlikely casualty of the Canterbury earthquakes is being used to aid the people most affected.

High-profile Auckland photographer Chris Sisarich has captured images of the dregs of some of the country's last Marmite jars to raise funds for earthquake-hit Cantabrians.

The Sanitarum factory in Christchurch was closed last November due to earthquake damage and since then Marmite has had to be rationed.

Empty jars from 19 celebrities including Rachel Hunter, Marc Ellis, Annah Mac and Graham Henry were snapped for the project called "A Beautiful Struggle".

Sisarich said it fascinated him that something like Marmite "which is part of the daily routine for many Kiwis, has been elevated to the realm of artwork since the shortage".

"I hope that other Kiwis are taking a moment to reflect on the difficulties of the past two years for Christchurch as they reach the bottom of their jars.

"The imagery inside each jar is extremely distinctive; it's more than just an empty Marmite jar. It's evident that everyone has been scraping at the bottom to get every last bit out - I know I have."

The original photographs with signed lids go to auction via www.abeautifulstruggle.co.nz from Friday, ending Sunday December 9.

The limited edition poster prints are now selling on TradeMe with all proceeds going to Rebuild Christchurch Foundation for Project Christmas.

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