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Contest #518

#518

September 22nd, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #514 – 185 Empty Chairs Memorial, Christchurch, New Zealand

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By Bernard Spragg. NZ – https://www.flickr.com/photos/volvob12b/33071903003/, CC0, Link

On 22 February 2011, Christchurch was hit with a 6.3 magnitude earthquake. The area was devastated and 185 people were killed.

One year later, a local artist, Peter Majendie arranged 185 empty chairs, painted white, on the grounds of a demolished church. He was inspired by similar memorials in Oklahoma City and New York City, as well as paintings by Van Gogh. Majendie intended for the memorial to be temporary, perhaps only lasting a few weeks, but the residents of Christchurch had other thoughts. The site resonated with the survivors, giving them a place of quiet reflection.

In October 2012, 8 months after the installation, the church requested that the memorial be moved so that they could rebuild. Majendie acquired a new location near the site of another demolished church, which is where the chairs are now. The city is planning a major build out of the area, including a new soccer stadium, so it will need to be moved yet again, and a foundation that Majendie formed is seeking a permanent location.

For a nice blog article on the memorial written right after it was first installed (in the original location), consult Adrienne Rewi’s Blog

Those who had a seat before the hint included:

  • hhgygy
  • David Kozina
  • mehmet durmus
  • Glenmorren
  • Garfield
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Eloy Cano
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • Andy McConnell

and those who had to travel to the new location (after the hint):

  • Gillian B
  • Blaze
  • Tuxedo Jones
  • rob de wolff

September 1st, 2017 Posted by | Reveal | no comments

Contest #514 Hint

Have a seat and think about all those who were lost that day.

August 30th, 2017 Posted by | Hint | 3 comments

Contest #514

#514

August 25th, 2017 Posted by | Contest | 12 comments

Contest #513: Medeu, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Advertised as “The Highest Skating Rink in the World” (it’s not, there’s one in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA that, at 3445 m is over twice as high), Medeu is a speed skating rink that is also used for Bandy (similar to hockey, but with a ball instead of a puck).

Upon its completion in 1951, Medeu became the premier training and competition site for Speed Skating for the Soviet Union. Many world records in speed skating were set here until the costs of maintaining and promoting Medeu proved to be too much for Kazakhstan post-USSR.

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In the summer, the site was used as a concert ground where the “Азия Дауысы” (Voice of Asia) music festival from 1990 to 2004.

The site is protected by a mud-flow dam just to the south (slightly out of the picture).

Those who found this place before the hint included:

  • Phil Ower
  • David Kozina
  • mehmet durmus
  • Garfield
  • Andy McConnell
  • Lighthouse
  • Eloy Cano
  • hhgygy

and after:

  • Rob de Wolff
  • Tuxedo Jones

August 25th, 2017 Posted by | Reveal | no comments

Contest #513 Hint

Between its construction and 1991, 120 world records were set here.

August 23rd, 2017 Posted by | Hint | 2 comments

Contest #513

#513

August 18th, 2017 Posted by | Contest | 9 comments

Contest #512 – Fliegeberg, Berlin, Germany

Otto Lilienthal was a pioneer in gliders. Starting in 1891, he was one of the first to fly in these and not immediately die in the process. In 1894, he got tired of traveling all over Germany to find good launch spots, so he decided to build one near his home in Lichterfelde, which is now part of Berlin.

Some years after his death in 1896 (yes, his luck ran out with respect to glider flights and he broke his neck during a crash), the monument was added to the top of the artificial hill. The monument consists of a bronze globe with a circular pavilion.

Those who took off here and landed before the hint included:

  • hhgygy
  • Eloy Cano
  • Rodrigo Jurado
  • David Kozina
  • mehmet durmus
  • Lighthouse
  • Garfield
  • Ridicully
  • Phil Ower
  • Rob de Wolff

And after the hint:

  • Andy McConnell
  • Ashwini Agrawal
  • Chris Nason
  • Declan Moore
  • Luís Filipe Miguel

August 18th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Contest #512 Hint

Originally built to test gliders

August 16th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | one comment

Contest #512

#512

August 11th, 2017 Posted by | Uncategorized | 16 comments