It’s the truth; there’s no Bull in my city. Not at the moment. There was one. In fact, we had two Bulls. That was a little over a year ago.
This was one of the Bulls, called A Peak in Darien.
Here’s the other Bull, known as Chapman’s Homer.
These Bulls, by Michael Parekowhai (http://www.thearts.co.nz/artist_page.php&aid=70&type=bio ) had been to Venice http://www.thearts.co.nz/artist_page.php&aid=70&type=video&video_id=92 and Paris and then, as promised they came to us, last June, for one month. When they were first promised to us we hadn’t had any earthquakes but, despite the mess our city was in by 2012, everyone was brave and decided the Bulls should come anyway. And we loved them. They looked magnificent, indomitable, indestructible in the midst of the messy, broken landscape.
And now we want to have one of them back, as a forever friend. We want Chapman’s Homer. (Well, we can’t have A Peak in Darien because he’s already been taken. ) The public is being asked to pledge donations to the Christchurch Art Gallery Trust. The target is $NZ 200,000. Many people think that purchasing Chapman’s Homer is a waste of money, but, for me, this Bull, this mighty sculpture is welcome in my city. I don’t truly understand what he has to do with Homer, Chapman or Keats but he will be a wonderful addition to our cityscape. Much better to have an expensive, bullish sculpture that thousands will see and visit and admire every year, free of charge. Rather this, than a new multi million dollar stadium that will be used occasionally, and only by those who have the money to buy the tickets.
So, now I am off to contribute to the Bull. Our country prospers on agriculture, so why not have a Bull in the city!
https://www.pledgeme.co.nz/1276 Back the Bull Pledge (The Bull is currently on loan and on display at the Arts Centre.)
http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173746 Keats “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
http://realruth.wordpress.com/2013/08/13/hitchin-heritage/ a little more about George Chapman