Christchurch, New Zealand
185 Chairs

A sombre memorial of those that perished in the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake.

185 Chairs is a solemn installation remembering the 185 lives that were tragically claimed in the earthquake that struck Christchurch in 2011. Standing upon the grounds where a church once was, each white chair is intentionally different to represent the different people, personalities and identities they had while they were alive. The chairs even include a white wheelchair and heartbreakingly, a baby’s capsule.

Originally meant to be a temporary installation to serve as a reminder that no matter who we are or what we do, all life on earth is not permanent, this incredibly moving memorial has been such hotspot amongst visitors and locals that it was eventually made into a permanent installation. This installation can be seen as an artful irony - an everlasting reminder that all that we are exist just for a moment in the infinity of the universe and we are but a speck of dust in the vastness of this world.

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185 White Chairs 236 Cashel St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand