Monday, December 22, 2008

One Small But Famous Railway Station

Cass, Southern Alps. Dec. 2008. Ajr
The tiny settlement of Cass is little more than a pin-prick in the Southern Alps, 116 kilometres northwest of Christchurch. In the winter it is virtually snowed under; and in the summer it’s a blaze of colour as wild lupins flower. As small and seemingly insignificant as it seems – in railway terms at least – this tiny station was made famous by the painting “Cass” by one of New Zealand’s well known painters, Rita Angus (1908-1970). The painting is now in the collection of Christchurch Art Gallery.

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