Thursday, March 03, 2011


When London was bombed in the Second World War a bookshop in a demolished street that looked much like Christchurch today had a sign that famously announced, “More Open Than Usual.” There is that same spirit alive in Christchurch and throughout New Zealand on the city's behalf. This week a large rock has been offered on Trade Me.

“For sale 1 owner 25 - 30 tonne landscape feature (answers to the name Rocky).... Suitable for garden feature, or as in our case a magnificent addition to your living area. Rocky will enhance your 'indoor outdoor' flow considerably, especially if you load him in through the garage roof like we did. Sorry, but we are unable to deliver Rocky but would be happy for you to pick him up and roll him away....” 

Anyone who checks out this piece of auction black humor and who also attended the Scape Biennial 2008, is in for a big shock. The Trade Me image almost exactly replicates the Scape installation Monument #19 by Australian artist Callum Morton. Another sad reminder of Scape (cancelled at this time) is to see that the cave that acted as an out-of-world-experience for the Scape dinner is covered over with fallen rock and the home of the cave owner knocked askew. 

You can bid on the real rock here. All proceeds to the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund.

Images: Top, Image used on the Trade Me listing. Bottom Callum Morton Monument #19 in Scape 2008. Thanks for the head’s up W.