Bull to greet travellers at Christchurch Airport

Bull to greet travellers at Christchurch Airport

Michael Parekowhai's Chapman's Homer has journeyed to his last resting spot, Christchurch International Airport, before heading to a permanent home on the forecourt of the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu.

The much-loved1.8-tonne bronze bull left the Armagh Street end of New Regent Street and will spend the next couple of months greeting travellers as they come and go from the southern city’s airport.

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Back in August 2013, Westpac and the Christchurch Art Gallery Trust’s 'Back the Bull' initiative successfully campaigned to purchase Chapman’s Homer for the city of Christchurch through a crowdsourcing website.

Over 50,000 people stopped to view and photograph him during his first 30 days and thousands when the amazing piece of art was showcased on Madras Street, Placemakers Riccarton, outside the Christchurch City Council’s Civic Offices and New Regent Street.

The Christchurch Art Gallery believes the power of art can transform the city and say Chapman's Homer has become symbolic of the extraordinary strength, determination and resilience of Christchurch.

He will be moved to the Gallery at its reopening in December.

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