Giraffes spring up around central city
Giraffes are invading Christchurch this summer, and will be encouraging locals to stand tall like they do.
Sculptures of the gentle giants have come to the city for Christchurch Stands Tall, a public arts project designed to lift residents' spirits and make people smile.
The 99 giraffes form a sculpture trail and will be dotted all around the central city.
Hunters can use a trail map, published in the Press today, or a free downloadable app called Christchurch Stands Tall to track down the sculptures.
The giraffes served as blank canvases for local artists who submitted a wide range of designs, with the best chosen to decorate the sculptures.
Their designs will adorn 49 of the 2.5-metre-tall sculptures - the remaining smaller baby giraffes have been decorated by local schools.
The winning entries reflected a wide range of art forms, including mosaic, oil painting and gold leaf.
The sculptures will be scattered around the city until February next year, when they will be auctioned to raise money for charity.
The baby giraffes will be returned for each school to keep.
For more information, visit the Christchurch Stands Tall Facebook page.