Harbour Heads Lyttelton

Laurence Aberhart, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Banks Peninsula, Canterbury, New Zealand in 1980.
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About the Work
In an image from 1980 Aberhart photographed Lyttelton Harbour from one of the gun emplacements that were built to monitor the Japanese threat during World War II. The narrow slot of the gun emplacement serves as a framing device for the landscape beyond.
- Greg Donson, exhibition text 'Together Alone. Works from the collection exploring human connections in a post-lockdown world' 27 June 2020 - 8 November 2020.
Image: 197 x 348mm
Support: 500 x 534mm
sepia toned photograph
"Concrete gun emplacements are scattered around Lyttelton Harbour, remnants of past threats to the Harbour’s security. The harbour has been fortified on numerous occasions in the past including the perceived Russian threat in 1885 and the Japanese threat during World War II. Aberhart’s sweeping view from the inner harbour incorporates the gun slit of the fortification as a dramatic framing device on the scene. The black edges contrast jarringly with the softer tones of the harbour and surrounding hills."
- http://christchurchartgallery.org.nz/collection/objects/92-841-15/
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased, 1982.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
20 Jan 1982



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