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.
Yesterday I got to judge my first literary prize. And eat the winner. My fellow judges were a wise and witty crew – Emily Spink – reporter at The Press, Sheila McBreen-Kerr of CPIT, and Joe Bennett – writer and columnist.
We were mightily impressed with the entries. Ingenious, humourous, adorable, creepy – they had it all. We browsed, and cogitated. And here’s what we decided:
Best interpretation of a book: 50 shades of Grey, made by Sarah Chin
This was my category to choose a winner for. 50 shades of grey cupcakes was a thing of beauty, each cupcake a different shade of grey, with a hint of manacles to subtly allude to the book’s naughtiness. It was also quite cool to be able to bestow a literary prize on E.L. James who I account a woman of taste.
Most delectable: The hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse – Julie Humby
Most Imaginative: Frankenstein – Kiri Te Wake
Check out his sewn up mouth!
Funniest: The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Kiri Te Wake
Best in Show: Sconehenge – Hugh Wall
Everyone who came along got to vote too, and the People’s Choice was the seasonally appropriate and stunning Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse (yes, there is such a book – it is by Robert Rankin who I had the good fortune to meet at an Armageddon a few years ago).