Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Neither tall nor pointy

If you want to see a great installation of public art in Christchurch check out the Fo Guang Shan Temple, a Buddhist community centre at the Hagley Park end of Riccarton Road. The Warren and Mahoney design of the building’s façade is based on the Dunhuang caves in north-west China where ancient Buddhist temples were cut into the rock face. In the Riccarton Road homage, sculptures of Buddha are placed in niches in the Indian sandstone façade looking for all the world like a contemporary museum display.