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Lee on the Move

I took my friends from London for a drive around the badly damaged earthquake Eastern Suburbs and to New Brighton. Then into the CBD to have a look around. The weather forecast said it was going to rain but luckily it didn't.. but it was cold, but warmed up as the day went on! Brenda was very shocked and moved by all the destruction and loss of life.

 

The Sound Garden,October 31, 12013 Christchurch New Zealand.

 

The inner city rebuild is a noisy affair. The ear-piercing drill of jackhammers offering a jarring contrast to the all- encompassing background noise that is the sound of "twinkle toes" and friends nibbling away at undressed buildings.

 

Trent Hiles, of Greening the Rubble, who landscaped the site, came up with the idea for Gap Filler and enlisted local artists Gaby Montejo, Jason Ware and Tim McGurk.

 

"Jason and I were working on a project for Rekindle furniture and were asked to take available debris from destroyed houses to make robust instruments which we did, then Jason, Tim and I put our heads together and Sound Garden appeared," Montejo says.

 

The trio sourced unusual preloved and repurposed materials to make their unique instruments.

 

"I've made drums from giant pipes, children love them, they play them with their whole bodies not just their hands. Tim's made a xylophone of tubes that you can slap and play, and Jason has made a huge rain stick that's 3 metres long."

 

Sound Garden is playful and is about making your own sweet sounds as contrast to the sometimes deafening demolition noise scape.

For More info: www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/christchurch-life/art-and-stage...

 

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Taken on November 1, 2013