Art, art on the street

One of my favourite Christchurch things is mad good street art. The Spectrum Street Art Festival is on now, and that means a new bunch of big walls to spot in the city. There is also a T-shirt exhibition at Canterbury Museum and the Spectrum YMCA exhibition which I reckon is even better than last year.

See our photos.

It’s hard to pick favourites, but here’s a few I am particularly enamoured of:
Art by Dcypher, Welles Street

Art by Dcypher, Welles Street. Flickr 2015-02-13-IMG_5169
Bold, typographical, and with a nod to our buildings. This piece by ex-local DCypher looks particularly striking against a blue, blue Christchurch sky. And is lent a certain melancholy by a gloomy backdrop.

Art by Sofles, 163 St Asaph Street
Art by Sofles, 163 St Asaph Street. Flickr 2015-03-02-IMG_5706
This bright, bold, and curvy piece by Sofles is an eyecatcher in a pretty drab spot.

Art by DTR Crew - Spectrum Street Art Festival - YMCA
Art by DTR Crew – Spectrum Street Art Festival – YMCA. Flickr 2015-02-05-IMG_6049
This is a whole room of magic done by Christchurch’s own DTR crew.

Solfes Quicksilver - Art by Sofles - Spectrum Street Art Festival - YMCA
Sofles Quicksilver – Art by Sofles – Spectrum Street Art Festival – YMCA. Flickr 2015-02-05-IMG_6035
This installation has great music, and light effects, all playing against the art. I could spend a while in here, it is truly beautiful.

What’s your fave? Join the conversation.

Personal names in the catalogue

Cover of Final Curtain
Ngaio Marsh’s novels are shelved under Marsh.

If you are a regular user of our libraries, you may have noticed that the writer’s name will usually be listed surname first in the catalogue. This order is important as an author’s fiction will be shelved under the part of the name which appears first in the catalogue listing.

Working out which part of the name is the surname or family name is usually straightforward, especially in the English-speaking world. It is normally the last part of the name, eg,

This general rule may be affected if the surname includes a separately written prefix (van, de, etc), or if it is a compound surname. The writer’s preference in the way in which his or her name is written is also taken into account.

Cover of Frog
Mo Yan’s novels are shelved under Mo.

However, a more common issue is that some nationalities follow different conventions. Therefore the last part of the name may not be that chosen for listing in the catalogue, eg,

  • Mo Yan is listed as Mo, Yan, not as Yan, Mo; and
  • Trinh Khanh Tuoc is listed as that, in direct order, not as Tuoc, Trinh Khanh.

For many, Icelandic names tend to prove the most bothersome when it comes to identifying which name the author is listed under. Icelandic names are in fact listed under the first given name, followed by any other given names, patronymic and family name, in direct order. Thus

Cover of Strange Shores
Arnaldur Indriðason’s novels are shelved under Arnaldur.

If you are unsure where to look for an author’s fiction on the shelves, you may find the answer in the catalogue – check the Full Record tab of a title in the catalogue and you will see how the author is listed.

Or, of course, ask your friendly librarian!