North entrance - Auckland War Memorial Museum remembers 22-2-2011 Christchurch earthquake
FLOWERS IN CONES TO MARK 3RD ANNIVERSARY OF CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE
In remembrance of the 3rd anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake, Auckland Museum is joining a nationwide project calling on all New Zealanders to place flowers in traffic cones. Visitors to the Museum on Saturday 22 February, will see flowers in traffic cones in various places around the building, including the main entrance.
The project is inspired by Henry Sunderland, a Christchurch design tutor and artist. On the first anniversary of the February 22 earthquake, he circulated a cartoon asking Cantabrians to place flowers in traffic cones: “To remember all of those who lost their lives, those who lost loved ones and those whose lives will never again be the same.”
The official toll of the earthquake, which struck at 12.51pm on February 22, 2011 was 185: 115 people died in the Canterbury Television Building, 18 died in the Pyne Gould Corporation Building, eight people died on buses in the central city, 28 people died in other parts of the central city and 12 people died in suburban locations. The deaths of four more people were directly associated with the earthquake.
The humble, hard-working traffic cone has become the symbol of Christchurch’s dislocation, an indicator of danger and destruction, and now of the slow rebuild. Please encourage all visitors to the Museum to take time out to walk around the building and remember this devastating event in New Zealand history.
With many thanks to Kirsten MacFarlane and Gareth de Walters for their initiative and work to commemorate this day.