Towards the end of last month, I wrote a post on a fundraising effort called ‘Back the Bull’. It was organised by the Christchurch Art Gallery Trust with the aim of raising $NZ 200,000 towards the cost of purchasing this glorious creature, “Chapman’s Homer”, for our city.
I was ever so pleased ( as in, dance-around-the-room-and-shout-with -glee-pleased ) to read in this morning’s newspaper that the ‘Back the Bull’ campaign achieved its target last night.
This means the Bull is here to stay!!
The Bull, Chapman’s Homer, was on display (on loan) during the fundraising but is now in storage. Eventually the 1.8 tonne sculpture will have a permanent home on the forecourt of the Christchurch Art Gallery. That will be in 2015 when the earthquake repair and strengthening work on the Gallery is completed and it is once again open to the public. In the meantime, the sculpture will be displayed from time to time at yet to be determined sites in Christchurch.
I am very glad that the campaign was a success because it shows that, if we put our hearts into working together, we can do wonders for our broken city. This was yet another positive action to counteract the negativity and arguing and crankiness that seems to jaywalk, unhelpfully, through the city’s new design and rebuild plans.