Law firm's mural 'emotional' work
A mural depicting central Christchurch before the earthquakes has transformed the side of a Middleton building.
Christchurch graffiti artists Rene Bell and Tobin Hogg spent about three days painting the 8-metre by 5m mural on the side of the Anderson Lloyd Lawyers premises in Birmingham Dr.
Bell said the mural was "an emotional piece of artwork" because it showed things that had been lost since the quakes, including Christ Church Cathedral. It was also bright and colourful to help "add some life and some character" to the concrete warehouse the law firm had moved into.
"They really wanted something everybody could relate to," Bell said. "It reminds us of who we are and where we came from."
Law firm partner Jen Crawford said the mural had "become something of a talking point".
"The earthquakes have led to fresh thinking about how you go about your business in Christchurch," she said.
"Who would have thought a law firm would depict their brand using graffiti?"
The firm was evacuated from the central-city Clarendon Tower after last February's earthquake and had been working in the light-industrial area of Middleton.
Crawford said the company was committed to returning to the city centre eventually.
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