Road cones and Christchurch. It’s a thing. Not so much a symbiotic relationship as a grudging one. We need them more than they need us, I think.
They’ve also become something of a symbol of the rebuild and there’s no surer sign that an item has wormed its way into the collective psyche than when it turns up in our art. So it’s no great surprise that the humble road cone has once again provided inspiration for CPIT Certificate in Design students in the exhibition ‘Road Worthy’ that is currently on in the Christchurch City Council foyer.
I happened upon the exhibition earlier in the week and it is filled with whimsy and humour. It is intended to acknowledge road workers and show appreciation to those still busy repairing our city’s infrastructure.
The exhibition is on until the end of next week, 20 November, at Civic Offices, 53 Hereford St and is guaranteed to give you a wry smile.
I have heard there are 60,000 road cones around Christchurch. I dodge street repairs and pot holes to get to and from work each day and I’m sure I pass most of the 60,000.
The Certificate of Design students from CPIT borrowed some road cones from Fulton Hogan and created forty sculptures. These works of art were on display in the Botanic Gardens, under a shady tree near the Peacock fountain.
I visited the gardens last weekend to admire the creativity that was on show. I was asked which one I liked the most. I couldn’t choose. Was it the shoe, the icecream, the gramophone player, the butterflies or the cone fish? Why not have a look at my photos and cast your vote?
Sadly, the exhibition ended on Monday 28th November. I don’t know what has happened to the cones. Maybe you’ll drive past one on your way to work one of these days.