Giant Monopoply square for Christchurch
Fri, 13 Jul 2012 9:56a.m.
By 3 News online staff
A vacant Christchurch lot has been transformed overnight into a giant Monopoly square.
The installation is the latest from Gap Filler, a Christchurch art initiative that aims to revitalise the quake-stricken city.
The empty lot, on the corner of Manchester and Dundas Street, comes complete with novelty-size green houses and a digger playing piece.
The giant board game square was the brainchild of Christchurch structural engineer Helen Trappitt.
Christchurch residents took to social media to praise the art project.
“Cool great idea, brings some cheer back into another icy Canterbury winter,” posted Tane McManus.
Others were quick to play on the board game’s rules.
“EQC payout...collect $$ OR white zoned...do not pass go,” posted Nickei Falconer.
Christchurch resident Coralie Winn started the art initiative after losing her job following the September 2010 quake.
She says the project is about connecting people with their city and creating places of beauty.
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17/07/2012 7:03:37 p.m.
This is brilliant!you others, quit moaning! the city needs more spark & beauty in it! hope they do more plots!
16/07/2012 4:09:22 p.m.
Nigel Zeto wrote:
I was there for the earthquake. What a shame that the city was so ruined. But even though I am back in Dallas I still remain in contact with the very good friends I made in Christchurch through my three extended visits. I am amazed at the resilience of the people there. My hat is off to you all. Great way to keep the central business district relevant. Keep it up.
14/07/2012 11:53:15 a.m.
I think this is such a great idea. Good on all of you who helped to make this idea come alive, after all the horrible quakes that you poor lot had, I'd be proud to call myself a Cantabrian.
13/07/2012 4:19:53 p.m.
This is very cool, well done to the people that worked on it!
Also, Aiden: Don't be a dick.
13/07/2012 4:08:37 p.m.
This is great, Coralie is awesome, but $240 for Manchester St seems a bit steep to me :-) There's nothing there!
13/07/2012 3:36:00 p.m.
shame what crap they call art now days
13/07/2012 1:59:03 p.m.
Jackie Tolliver wrote:
Helen Trappitt take a bow. This is a wonderfully creative initiative and makes me proud to be a Cantabrian (albeit a NYC based one). Great effort you guys!
13/07/2012 11:22:03 a.m.
As one of the volunteers who worked on this project, I'd like to clarify that the space was not "transformed overnight" -- it's actually been in progress since 19 May! So pleased to finally have it finished and receiving such a warm welcome.
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