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RANGE OF FABRICS
FLYING HIGH: Trent Hiles' artwork, The Fifth Ship, has been installed in
tells salty yarn
By ABBIE NAPIER
TRENT HILES' dramatic art
work is the last of seven council-
funded pieces to be temporarily
installed on the Lyttelton Civic
Last week consultation closed
on the Square design, which will
create a public space in Lyttelton
for residents and visitors to enjoy.
The vacant lot was nothing but
rubble, so the council funded
seven transitional projects to
brighten up the space until per-
manent plans were made and con-
struction kicked off. When devel-
opment begins, some of the seven
pieces may stay. Those not
included in the final design will be
relocated within Lyttelton.
On the surface, Trent Hiles'
sculpture is simple, colourful, and
a bit whimsical but there is more
than meets the eye here.
The Fifth Ship has many layers
of meaning significant both to
himself and the Lyttelton com-
The four laminate wood beams
have been carved into shape,
finessed, and sanded back to rep-
resent the West wind -- always
considered favourable. Hiles has
used the nautical flag alphabet to
tell a story on the beams--apoem
representing Lyttelton's journey
from early settlers through to
The installation harks back to
the colonial settlers in the late-
1800s. Hiles' great-great-
grandfather, William Scotland,
captained a ship to New Zealand,
setting the sail-speed record at
the time for the Britain to Lyttel-
ton journey in 73 days. His was
not one of the first four ships, so
Hiles paid tribute to those settlers
who came after.
He also noticed the endurance
and commitment of those Lyttel-
tonians who stayed after the ear-
thquakes despite being faced with
every reason to leave.
The Fifth Ship was installed on
June 26 and will remain on-site
for another six to eight months.
Precinct leads the
way with innovation
By ABBIE NAPIER
CENTRAL NOW: The Flock owner
Emma Smith in her new store.
CHRISTCHURCH IS wide open
to play the cool card right now.
Much of the city has been flat-
tened and it is now up to the
undaunted business pioneers to
take risks and give Christchurch
the injection of awesome it needs
to get going again.
Businessman Alastair Cassels
is one of those enterprising sorts.
His project in Woolston, The
Tannery, is a beacon of rebuild
done right. The dilapidated brick
building has been strengthened,
refurbished and morphed into an
elegant and inspirational shop-
ping precinct. Wrought iron detail
and wood panelling echo the
charms of yesteryear.
Phase one is now open. The end
of the huge complex closest to The
Brewery and Garlands Rd
includes a restaurant, bar, food
shop, tattoo parlour and a collec-
tion of retail stores.
At the moment new faces are
scarce with most ventures relocat-
ing from around the city rather
than starting from scratch.
Design store The Flock has
come in from Sumner where it
was hit hard by all the earthqua-
kes, then driven into by a way-
ward parking lot user.
The Flock moved in a month
ago and owner Emma Smith has
echoed its minimalist ethos in the
white walls and exposed original
It was a bit earthquake, earth-
quake, earthquake, then car, out
in Sumner,'' she said. The
weekends are good here but weeks
are a bit quiet at the moment. But
then again, it is the quietest time
of year for retail anyway.''
The Flock sells a bit of every-
thing from sleek furniture to
handbags, scarves, and lamp
Its neighbour, TeePee, was for-
merly Red Fish Blue Fish, also of
Sumner. Toi Toi and Smith's
Bookshop are trading, as is Absol-
ution tattoo parlour and fashion
store Dead Set.
The bar of Gustav's is open,
with the restaurant opening in a
fortnight. Also on the way is the
Woolston Market, a fresh food
store where you can buy every-
thing you want for dinner with
most products being local.
The Tannery is well worth chec-
king out, if for no other reason
than to support businesses trying
to get back on their feet.
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