Bull finds new stomping ground in Riccarton

Luke Parker
Bull finds new stomping ground in Riccarton

Michael Parekowhai’s giant bronze bull, Chapman’s Homer, has found a new home.

The much-loved 1.8-tonne bull has recently been relocated to PlaceMakers Riccarton’s Outdoor Centre after a three-month stint outside Christchurch City Council’s Civic Offices.

Christchurch Art Gallery Jenny Harper says it is wonderful to have Chapman’s Homer out and about for the city to see again.

“It's only a year since we achieved the ground-breaking crowd-funding target of $200,000 – which was matched by Westpac and the Gallery's Trust – to help secure Chapman's Homer for Christchurch.

Bull at PlaceMakers Riccarton resized

“And it’ll only be another year before he takes pride of place on the reopened Gallery’s forecourt,” says Ms Harper.

Grant Close, owner of PlaceMakers Riccarton and one of the Gallery’s “Leaders of the Charge” during the bull’s fundraising campaign, says Chapman’s Homer has found a new stomping ground in Riccarton.

“It may seem a bit odd at first but, when you think about it, it’s a perfect fit,” he says. “We have all sorts of creative people coming through our doors every day – many of whom are out there re-creating and rebuilding our city.

“The bull is a wonderful symbol and reminder of Christchurch’s creativity, as well as its strength.

“We’ve already received some amazing feedback from people who come in and discover it just sitting there in the middle of the store – they get quite a surprise!”

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