• Christchurch print - Lyttelton Timeball Station

    Hamish Thompson

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    A series of 12 architectural illustrations of Christchurch heritage buildings by NZ graphic designer Hamish Thompson.

    High quality A4 size fine art print on white 210gsm smooth matte art paper, using Epson UltraChrome archival inks.
    Supplied with a backing board and info sheet, and ready to frame. 

    The time ball station at the port of Lyttelton, near Christchurch, was built in 1876. It had an astronomical clock from Edward Dent & Co., who made the mechanism for London’s Big Ben. The time ball mechanism was 15 metres high, and the ball, which weighed over 100 kilograms, was dropped every day at 1 p.m. By 1918, when exact time was increasingly supplied by radio, the ball was dropped only twice weekly at 3.30 p.m. In 1934 the service ceased until restoration work began in the 1970s. Historic Places Trust staff dropped the ball every day at 1 p.m. until the series of earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 first damaged and then destroyed most of the building.  While demolishing the ruins, the Trust recovered much of the timeball mechanism and are considering a long-term plan to rebuild the tower only.

    This product is Made in NZ

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