Demolition, Victoria Ave

Laurence Aberhart, Artist

This is one of the photographs in our collection. It was made in Whanganui, Whanganui Region, New Zealand in 1986.
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About the Work
“Despite the fact that Victoria Avenue retains many of its early twentieth-century commercial buildings, this image reminds me of how quickly entire streetscapes can be rebuilt. All the buildings captured in the image were demolished in the space of twenty years. Near the end of its life, the three-storeyed George and Kersley department store was the Warehouse. Shopping there remained a grand experience until the end, and its demolition was a catalyst for contemporary heritage advocacy in Whanganui.”
- Scott Flutey for My Choice September 2021

In 1986 Aberhart was the inaugural Tylee artist in residence. The images made during his 12 months in Wanganui (and other nearby regions) act as an important documentation of the area and its environs. As a body of work they reflect the preoccupations present in Aberhart’s entire oeuvre: lodges, waiting rooms, Churches, rest areas, museum displays, beaches, light, marae, monuments and memorials. Empty places and spaces with culture and people as ghosts, hinted at but only rarely revealed.
196 x 246mm
selenium toned silver gelatin print
Black and white photograph of a building facade on Victoria Avenue, Whanganui. The building is being demolished and there are workmen on the roof. The name of the building is only partially visible '...sings Buildings'. On the awning above the street below is the sign 'Hubbards Hardware Ltd'. In front of the building are two large trucks back to back forming a row in front of the building. A street lamp is just visible at the right of the image.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased 1988.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
17 Mar 1988



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