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This is New Brighton Pier which is Christchurch's water landmark. The original pier was built in 1894 which stood on the same site as the present pier. When the original pier was threatened with demolition in 1963, a group of residents formed the Pier and Foreshore Society to try to save it. However, it was unsuccessful and the pier was demolished in 1964.
In 1989 the Society committee felt that the time had come to press for a new pier. A special Pier Promotion Trust was established and was funded with a grant of $50,000. Members from the wider community - Lions, Rotarians and women's groups - were appointed to the Trust, and the long period of planning, fund-raising, with the seeking of necessary consents, began. The design concept incorporated the functional requirement that a substantial proportion of the pier's length be out over the water, even at low tide, so that people could feel close to the water while fishing or wave watching. The pier’s length is 300m from shore to the center of the terminal end which allowed for 170m of pier to be over the water at average low water spring tide. On 1 November 1997 this new pier was officially opened.
Looking at the height of the pier, I often wonder if the architect had the clever foresight (way back in the 1990’s) to incorporate the rise in sea level due to global warming when he designed this structure.

I posted the original image in the WS if you want to post your own B&W version. One thing I've learn so far with B&W medium is that it relies a lot on the subtle mixing of the different shades of black and white. The final image is also very open on how the person processing the image interprets the scene.

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