Burning of art will release Chch stories

23:50, Sep 08 2013
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CREATIVE FORM: Messages are being scrawled across an artwork destined to be burned later in the month.

A new Christchurch sculpture has been greeted with heartfelt messages of hope, humour and sadness.

The Temple for Christchurch sculpture has attracted hundreds of visitors and handwritten comments since it opened in the city centre on Friday night.

The $60,000 artwork on the former Convention Centre site on Peterborough St is made of reclaimed timber and is 40 metres long, 25m wide and over 6m high.

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CREATIVE FORM: Messages are being scrawled across an artwork destined to be burned later in the month.

People are encouraged to write notes on the sculpture about their earthquake experiences or anything else. The artwork will be moved to Motukarara on September 21 and burnt to symbolise the release of the gathered stories.

On Sunday evening, the sculpture had already attracted many heartfelt messages.

"I love the city now and when it grows, bit by bit, that love will strengthen," read one comment.

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Another person wrote: "I'm tired of feeling tired. I'm tired of feeling anxious. I miss my city. I'm tired of being afraid of the dark. But I'm grateful my family are safe and I have a home."

One person simply wrote: "Goodbye bullies."

Hippathy Valentine said people had responded positively to the sculpture, which will be open to the public until Sunday.

"People are getting it and understand what is going on. They are responding to it in many different ways," he said.

"I would encourage people to come down here and have a look and read what other people have written and contribute whatever you want."

About 10,000 tickets were available for the burning event, with attendees asked to pay "what they think it's worth" to help cover costs.

"It's big and beautiful. People walking past are all saying good comments and love it, but it's only here for a limited time."

The Press