A private art collection of Christchurch’s heritage buildings, illustrated by artist Luciana Orr, has seen the light of day after eight years in storage.
The Elevations Collection, a series of twenty-two original pen and ink artworks, were rehung recently, in the new Christchurch offices of business man and private collector Antony Gough.
Mr Gough was delighted to announce they were on display again after so long in safe keeping. He explained that the artworks were hanging in one of his public buildings at the time of the Christchurch earthquakes in 2011. Though this property was damaged and eventually demolished, there was a period where his team were able to ‘rescue’ the pieces.
Seventeen of these illustrations are the focus of Luciana’s arts and heritage resource book Elevations – Christchurch Heritage Architecture Illustrated. Five are of significant buildings and architectural details from around the central city. Many of these building have now been demolished.
“Antony and co-owner sister Avenal McKinnon, (previously Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Te Pūkenga Whakaata,) have been incredibly supportive of my work over the years.
It was brilliant to see this collection re-framed and in mint condition again. I am very thankful for the ongoing care of these artworks.
It is my hope that they will be on public display in the future, for all to enjoy.” said Ms. Orr
I feel very privileged to have ended up with them. I know how much hard work you put into the project and these artworks.” said Mr Gough.
“Antony is a determined character. Without his tenacity I feel certain that these illustrations of Christchurch’s heritage buildings, would have been lost like many of the buildings they depict.” she said.