Haunting sculpture emerges from rubble

Last updated 09:22 30/11/2013

EMERGING IMAGE: Beams have emerged as crosses as the former Telecom building has been demolished.

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Shilton and Brown Demolition did not aim for a haunting sculpture when demolishing the former Telecom building between Hereford and Worcester streets.

But in the final stages of dismantling the building, beams have emerged as crosses, the symbolism of which was not lost on Christchurch people, judging by passersby taking photographs at the site this week.

Shilton and Brown managing director Jim Shilton said the "Stonehenge" effect was just part of the methodology of demolition and described the 30s building as extraordinary.

"Even after the earthquakes it was still 80 per cent of code (building). It was a beautiful building, built to last but the concrete was a bit buggered."

The demolition had taken eight months and was complicated by the need to remove friable asbestos on top of the building. Plated girders, which had been hot riveted, formed the main structure of the building.

The demolition was scheduled to finish next week but might take a little longer, Shilton said.

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