Auckland doesn't have many of the artistic flourishes that other cities have. Those little bursts of colour and quirkiness that soften the concrete edges of a city and are treasured by visitors and locals alike. Khartoum Place is one andwith its bright ceramic tiles, gentle water and shady trees this a really delightful route through the city from Lorne Street to the Art Gallery, Albert Park and Auckland University.
Khartoum Place is named after the 1885 seige of Khartoum to commemorate the visit of Lord Kitchener, the British warlord who eventually lifted the siege of Khartoum, to New Zealand.
Notwithstanding this historical tidbit, Khartoum means nothing to the average Kiwi but Khartoum Place has another link to history which most certainly does. The mural that covers the walls and steps of Khartoum Place is the centenary celebration of the moment when New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote.
The mural - the Suffrage Memorial- is itself a strange thing. The suffragette figures themselves wouldn’t look out of place in an episode of Monty Python (who remembers those strange, slightly creepy puppet-like animations?) and the tile art itself is somewhat clumsy but to criticise the quality of the art is to miss the point completely.
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