Eve of Destruction

A few words in the news a couple of years ago: Earthquake in Christchurch. I almost immediately forgot about it. Now I see. Now I remember. Now I start to understand what it means.

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I get a map, look for the library. Libraries are usually a nice place to work. Where it is supposed to be is an empty lot. Across the street I see a sign that says “City Council”. There I ask about the library. It is gone, like so much else …

The office is actually overseeing the reconstruction. I am told that disputes between the insurance companies and the owners of many buildings stopped the reconstruction efforts in many places. So years after the event I still see the genuine destruction.

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In many places there is something missing.

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Facades hide behind container walls. I guess, to protect pedestrians in case of a final collapse.

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Sometimes a facade is all that is left.

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Disaster seems to inspire the local artists.

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I wonder whether there is a connection between suffering and creativity?

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For every abandoned building …

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… there seems to be a mural.

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Some come with a message, …

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… some with a box.

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What is he seeing?  A Barrier? A Canvas? …

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