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“What do you do with an empty gap? Leave it as an awkward, defunct and non-usable space? No way! Gap Filler is the silver lining to the Canterbury quakes.”
This comment from Christchurch journalism graduate, Adrien Taylor, sums up what Gap Filler is about: providing moments of colour and fun among the destruction in Christchurch.
Since the first earthquake of September 2010, Gap Filler has made use of many empty spaces where buildings have been demolished. Examples range from temporary art installations to a bicycle-powered cinema, free public concerts at its Painted Piano project, and a Dance-O-Mat dance floor that has attracted more than 2,000 people to shake a leg.
Gap Filler works with community groups, artists, architects, landowners, students, and anyone who has ideas and time to offer. “People are heartened to see creative interventions on some of the many, many vacant sites in Christchurch,” said Director and Project Coordinator, Coralie Winn.
The Tindall Foundation funded Gap Filler as part of their $5 million commitment to Canterbury Earthquake recovery. This enabled the group, with its 4 staff and over 100 volunteers, to continue filling the gaps into 2013, delivering creative and practical projects that uplift the spirits of a resurgent city.
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