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Napier renaissance

Napier renaissance

In 1931 Napier experienced a devastating earthquake and fire that destroyed the central city. Roland Hipkins' work 'Renaissance' (1932) depicts the aftermath: the sprouting tree fern by the ruined cathedral and the new art deco buildings symbolise renewal.

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Oil on canvas by Roland Hipkins

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Ben Schrader, 'City images - The city in art', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

Story by Ben Schrader, published 11 Mar 2010