On the site of the fallen Baptist Church, laid out on 185 square meters of new grass, stand 185 empty white chairs.
Viewers are invited to sit – “choose one that speaks to you of those who died as a result of the 22nd February earthquake”, the sign says.
At times photographs are criticised when they depict “other people's art”. For me, however, that a photographer has been drawn to make an image of an art piece is an huge compliment to the artist. The point of making the photograph to show how the art has moved you.
I made a number of different images of the chairs but this one expressed my feelings best. I didnt find that one chair spoke to me. Instead, as I stood in the middle, I was taken by the variety or individuality which surrounded me. There were big flashy chairs, plain and quietly spoken chairs, babys chairs, a wheel chair and many more. 185 individual chairs.
Yet, all painted white, they spoke as one.
If you are not lucky enough to have seen it there is a good write up here – http://adriennerewiimagines.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/185-chairs-church.html
In Pete's words – “This installation is temporary – as is life”