Brazilian artist hangs washing on quake site

Brazilian artist hangs washing on quake site

Last updated 13:06 15/11/2012
washing line landscape
Don Scott

OUT TO DRY: A washing line on the corner of Brougham and Colombo St.

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White sheets flutter in the breeze across the ruins of a quake-hit Christchurch site.

The sheets are not tattered remains - instead, this is the work of Brazilian artist Fabricio Fernandes.

He said the work echoed man's relationship with nature, which was so clear on February 22, 2011.

"When you put your washing on the lines, you're offering them to the elements. So there's a relationship between us and the elements [like there was on February 22]."

The Sydenham Heritage Trust gave him permission to use the site and it took him about an hour to set up his vision with the help of two friends.

The site was once home to the Sydenham Methodist Church, built in 1878.

It was damaged in the September 2010 earthquake and demolished after the February 2011 quake.

The artwork, on the corner of Brougham and Colombo St, will be in place for three weeks.

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