Honesty Box

Facing the back of the Old Canterbury University


West of this Y


yet East of this Y


is what must be the smallest public


Honesty Box the Hereford St. Library

library in the country.  The battered sign reads ” This library relies on your honesty”

Across the street the former University, (where Ernest Rutherford first studied physics) is slowly emerging from scaffold and fences to again become The Arts Centre, home to crafts, trinkets, artists and fringe NGO’s.  I like what they’ve done for structural reinforcing of this native basalt and limestone facade

The stainless steel has lost a little of it’s brightness so that from a distance it almost vanishes, not like the old steel plate and tie-rods.

iron plate and tie-rod, earthquake strengthening on the old Canterbury University now the Arts Centre.

In the meantime it’s quiet, people pass through and children play in the collonades but there’s opportunity for contemplation

and watching the play of light

shadow play on beech, Fagus sylvatica

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