Christchurch Stands Tall

An amazing herd of 98 beautifully decorated Giraffe sculptures were installed across Christchurch from Sumner to Tai Tapu, from Kaiapoi to New Brighton and everywhere in between as part of our first New Zealand sculpture trail, Christchurch Stands Tall.

Christchurch Stands Tall surpassed its fundraising target, raising $475,650, from which 75% net will be donated to local charities.

The team put 53 Giraffes under the hammer on Wednesday 11 February 2015, achieving an average sale price of around $9000 at a sellout event held at Mashina Lounge at Christchurch Casino.

The lots included fifty fibreglass Giraffes – each standing at 2.5 metre tall and painted in themes by local artists – along with a giraffe created using the orange road cones that have become a feature of the city’s streets since the 2011 Canterbury earthquake, as well as two smaller Giraffe “calves” that were made available by sponsors, Harcourts and Air New Zealand


The Ziraffe, which was painted with zebra stripes by Llew Summers and Robyn Webster, fetched the top price at $17,000.

Wild in Art presented the project in partnership with Christchurch Casino.

Project Director of Christchurch Stands Tall, Claire Cowles said:

“Throughout the entire project we have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic welcome the city of Christchurch has given the Giraffes and this was evident again on auction night. Our Presenting Partner, Christchurch Casino was a wonderful host for the evening and the professionalism and energy of the Harcourts’ auctioneers ensured amazing results.”

The Giraffes had been on display throughout the Christchurch Stands Tall City Trail since October 2014.

The Christchurch Stands Tall campaign also includes a schools program that saw 48 local schools sponsor and decorate their own Giraffe calf sculpture, which were also on display around Christchurch city.

Harcourts was a Schools Programme Partner for this successful campaign, which raises funds for a number of worthy charities; Gap Filler, Life Education Trust, Child Cancer and Life in Vacant Spaces.

Harcourts National Auction Manager, Chris Kennedy said that he was extremely proud of the performance of the Harcourts auctioneers on the night.

“Our auctioneers put their heart and soul into achieving top results for Christchurch Stands Tall. It was so rewarding to see the preparation, hard work, and auction strategy all pay off. These funds are going to make a real difference to the charities supported by the campaign,” says Kennedy.


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