Filling gaps left vacant by the quake

02/12/10

While the Canterbury earthquake brought destruction to many parts of the region, one group is utilising space left vacant by fallen buildings.

Gap Filler aims to temporarily activate vacant sites within the central city with creative projects, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant central city. The project will see vacant sites - awaiting redevelopment as a result of the September 4 earthquake or otherwise - utilised for temporary, creative, people-centred purposes. Examples include: garden cafés, outdoor cinema, live music, dance on a temporary dance floor and other creative responses to sites by local artists. Gap Filler is temporary in nature, seeking to activate gap sites for around two weeks at a time, to demonstrate that the city can grow in important ways without large capital expenditure or major construction. Gap Filler projects can move from site to site as spaces become available around the city. All projects will be able to occupy or vacate a site within a day. Why are they doing this? "The central city needs our help! It was struggling prior to the earthquake and it is struggling even more now as a result of damage to, and loss of, many of our buildings and businesses." This initiative is temporary and creative. With empty blocks of land suddenly activated, those that live and work in the city will experience their city in a different way. Others who don't typically spend much time in the city may also be lured in to experience these projects and sites. Who is behind it? "A small group of enthusiastic, young creative professionals have come together to respond in a creative way to the shock and impact of the recent earthquakes on the central city. Included in the group are: a public art project manager, film society president and university lecturer, an architect, a graphic designer, a construction project manager and an installation artist. We will work with local artists and creative people to create more excitement for Christchurch residents this summer." Check out Gap Filler on Facebook