You may be familiar with Ann Kilpatrick's collections on Excio that show her beautifully captured landscapes, nature, and urban photography. Now, in her first photo exhibition, she draws our attention to the impact of the Kaikoura earthquake. Entitled "Wellington Impact" the exhibition is taking place at Photospace Gallery until 19th October 2019.
Many Wellingtonians remember the 14th November 2016 when what seemed to be a quiet spring night, quickly turned into a nightmare for many - houses were shaking, things were falling from the shelves and there was chaos on the roads as people fled from their homes to avoid any risk of a tsunami, only to realise next morning that the city of Wellington was "closed" due to many buildings in the CBD being badly damaged and in need of assessment by engineers.
Though the major impact and damage happened in Kaikoura, Wellington is still recovering to this day with many car parks and high rise buildings being demolished and rebuilt.
"There were buildings wrapped up for refurbishment, new builds in progress and a number of buildings cordoned off due to actual or potential earthquake damage. The nine-storey building at 61 Molesworth Street suffered significant damage and was in the process of demolition. Across the road, our building was closed due to the proximity of the demolition of 61 Molesworth Street." says Ann.