Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker today unveiled the first in a series of bronze plaques in City Mall that will form a tribute to New Zealand soldiers.
The Path of Remembrance is a public artwork that pays tribute to the actions of New Zealanders in active service around the world through a series of bronze plaques. Eventually, more than 100 plaques will be scattered amongst the new paving stones in City Mall creating a path to the Bridge of Remembrance.
Twelve designs have been created using a floral motif to depict different countries where New Zealanders have fought for their country.
Mayor Bob Parker says the pavers will be scattered throughout the new City Mall, allowing people to wander among the artworks and reflect on the deeds of our brave soldiers.
“It is fitting that we acknowledge the valiant efforts of those who fought for our country as we prepare for ANZAC Day. Christchurch people are proud of their veterans and this memorial is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge their brave deeds.”
Flower and plant designs have been chosen to represent Christchurch as the Garden City. In many cases, countries where New Zealanders have been involved in active service are represented by their national flower.
Project City Mall Director Sean Whitaker says the artwork is part of the new design for City Mall which, when completed, will create an attractive heart to the Central City.
“The revitalisation of the City Mall is more than just a face-lift.
We are creating a new public space that residents and visitors can use and enjoy,” he says.
The plaques were designed by the City Mall design team and made by Brent Brownlee of Art Fétiche Studio Ltd.