This painting by John Weeks depicts a Christchurch clay pit at the base of the Port Hills. The pit supplied local brickworks, and its clay was derived from fine-grained, wind-blown silt known as loess. The darker patch in the cliff face contains layers of soil that built up when the loess was not being deposited. When the loess-bearing winds returned, the layers were covered over.
Using this item
Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Oil painting by John Weeks
This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.