Chalk artists donate work for quake anniversary
A Melbourne couple whose chalk art drawing of Christchurch made headlines 16 years ago hope their new work will find a permanent place in the Garden City's hearts.
The Chalk Circle group is donating two recreations of their original piece to the quake-hit city in time for the second anniversary of the February 22 earthquake.
Melbourne couple Bev Isaac and Peter Voice, along with Ulla Taylor, came to the city in 1997 for New Zealand's first pavement art festival.
Their creation, a chalk ode to Christchurch, made the front page of The Press at the time.
Isaac said she and Voice had friends in the city and were shocked to see the damage caused by the quakes.
"With our pavement art work, we're used to it disappearing . . . but when the concrete buildings that you've drawn are gone, it's a shock."
The couple had created two new acrylic works, based on the original, to send to the city for the second anniversary of the quake.
Isaac said hers was a tribute to the city's popular buildings and meeting places from the past, while Voice's focussed on the "human loss", with each rose representing an earthquake victim.
The couple had raised AUD$800 (NZ$988) in donations to frame the paintings and ship them over.