Popular exhibition divided into parts

FINE INSTRUMENT: A crowd listens to Dinah Anderson and Gerald Johnston play on a red Steinway piano in the NG Gallery.
FINE INSTRUMENT: A crowd listens to Dinah Anderson and Gerald Johnston play on a red Steinway piano in the NG Gallery.

Cantabrians may notice that a familiar sight - two bulls sitting on bronze pianos - has disappeared.

Michael Parekowhai's popular exhibition, On First Looking into Chapman's Homer, ended on Sunday.

The work was split into two parts. At the NG Gallery in Madras St, the carved Steinway piano, He Korero Purakau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: Story of a New Zealand River, was played.

EYE-CATCHING: Ornate carving on a red Steinway piano as part of On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.
EYE-CATCHING: Ornate carving on a red Steinway piano as part of On First Looking into Chapman's Homer.

Meanwhile, outside on a vacant lot, two grand pianos each supported a life-sized bronze bull against Christchurch's cityscape.

The exhibition, organised by the Christchurch Art Gallery, was based on a poem by John Keats, with references to discovery, exploration and interplay between the old and new worlds.

Christchurch Art Gallery director Jenny Harper said last week that the exhibition had attracted more than 8000 visitors since opening at the end of June.

The Press