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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 7968, 25 July 1889
Tenders for the extra annexes, which include the British and foreign courts, and which will afford accommodation for nearly 200 bays, larger than those in the eastern and western annexes, will shortly be called. The court will extend from the eastern to the western side of the building, and will separate the gardens, fernery, and aquariums from the concert hall and art gallery, having entrances to these departments from the southern end. The building of the refreshment rooms, which are to lie between, but isolated from, the concert hall and art gallery, will also commence in a few days. From the principal dining room entrances will lead to two ladies' rooms, while a cloakroom will be placed adjoining the latter, and another passage will lead to the gentlemen's room, which will be placed near the main entrance. The corridors leading to the art gallery and to the concert hall will constitute a separate tender.
The total number of applications from Christohurch for space, including the fine arts section, is sixty-six, requiring 7,337 square feet of floor space and forty-four square feet of wall space. The intended exhibits are of a very varied description, comprising agricultural and other machinery, agricultural implements, fire clay goods, stones, coal, timber, traction and stationary engines, pumps, cooking ranges, nails, bicycles, saddles, sewing machines, boots and shoes, fishing tackle, pianos and an organ, photographs and photographic requisites, electric appliances, seeds, paper bags, beer, malt, pickles, sauces and preserves, teas, confectionery, and ladies' fancy goods. The latest contributions to the guarantee fund are : Rov. Rutherford Waddell, L 1 0; Judge Denniston, L 25; James Mills, M.H.R., LIOO.
Messrs Smith and Sons (Greenfield) have applied for 25 shares ; G. A. Biroh (Invercargill), 5; G. C. Matheson, 3; J. S. Macdonald, 10. The Fine Arts Committee have forwarded the following communication re certificates to the Executive:—" We beg to forward you the following resolution on the subject of the competitive design for certificates: 'That the design with the motto " Tenakantou " be recommended for acceptance by the Executive subject to completion satisfactory to the Art Committee.' We also desire to express our appreciation of the merits of the designs under the respective mottoes of 'Crux et Corona,' 'lnventor,' 'New Zealander,'' Nil Desperandum,' 'Ninety-four,' 'Mu TireDi,' 'Per ardua,' 'Reverisco,' and 'X or Y.'" The' author of the successful design is Mr T. S. Lambert, architect, of Christchnroh, and the design is as follows: The framework on both sides and on top consists of sketches of the original carving of the Natives, as representing their industry previous to the advent of the Europeans, The lower portion of the frame represents various specimens of South Sea Island carving, from their weapons and implements. The author has also adopted some of the fine specimens of our native botany, of full size in most cases. The functions and blendj I ings of the different specimens are ! broken by lljj-in medallion forms containing I emblematic representations of industry, I Boience, and art. The light is supposed to be cast from the right hand top corner, instead of the left, so aa to be thoroughly Antipodean. On the left lower corner the medallion represents agriculture, around and above which are taririki (maiden hair fern), Adiantum effine, and Asplenium \jlabdlifolium. The next medallion, abo\e the latter, represents sheep shearing, and is surmounted by rata, Metrosideras robusta, while above that is a sketch of woollen manufactures, over whioh is engraved pohue (white convolvulus), among the blooms of which is a representation of arts, the flowers continuing to the right. On each side of a representation of Britannia awarding a medal are the Eastern and Western Hemispheres, showing our globe in a way net usually represented, but the artist's object is to show Britain and its antipodes, New Zealand, to be central in the hemispheres of the greatest amount of land and -vater respectively. On the right is the pikiariro (white clematis) surrounding an emblem of science, under which another medallion represents tanneries and boot factories, with blooms of the yellow kowhia under. The next lower medallion represents engineering, below whioh is tikumu (mountain daisies); while under and to the right are mountain lilies, horita (native squill), herpolirian, Novas Zealandire, and edelweiss, as on the hills. In the centre will be shown a view of Dunedin, or otherwise, subject to the discretion of the Committee. The inner border is intended to be of a classic character, consistent with the portion definitely shewn, and will embrace emblematical representations of various professions and trades. The certificate is as yet in an unfinished state, and will only be accepted subject to completion in all details to the satisfaction of the Fine Arts Committee. The Executive intend keeping back (unopened) those designs under the mottoes mentioned in the Committee's letter.
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 7968, 25 July 1889
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