In 2015, the UC Council decided to mark the beginning of the Unicycle pathway through the Ilam campus with a sculpture that commemorated the Canterbury earthquakes.
On 22 February this year, that sculpture will be unveiled on the seventh anniversary of the February 2011 earthquake – to remember the tragic events that took place in our city on that day and to acknowledge the courage and contribution of the University community following those events.
The sculpture tells a story of remembrance, and depicts a community ritual that has emerged from a tragedy that is now an inherent part of the heritage of Christchurch. It has been designed for the University by Māori artist Riki Manuel.
The sculpture depicts a koru facing down, as it represents a life taken before fully grown. The undulating surface is rippled, to represent the river Ōtākaro Avon and a series of brass roses, cherry blossom and daffodils on top represent those flowers which the people of Ōtautahi Christchurch throw onto the river each year, in memory of that fateful day.
You are warmly invited to join with us for a short ceremony at 10.30am at the Clyde Road end of University Drive for the unveiling, to be followed by a short walk to the Recreation Centre bridge where we will throw flowers onto Ōtākaro. These will then flow down into the city in time for the formal remembrance service at the National Earthquake Memorial in Central Christchurch at 12.30pm.