While we were in Akaroa we visited the "Giant's House," which has a garden decorated with mosaic installations. The house was built in 1880 for the first bank manager in Akaroa. It took five years to build and it has an imported, mahogany staircase from France. It was named the Giants House after a small girl looked up at it from the valley below and said, "It is so big it must be a giant's house."
Later the house was bought and restored by artist Josie Martin.Trained as a horticulturalist and artist she combines her two passions throughout her home and garden. Her artworks hang on the many large walls in her house. While she was digging in the garden she found many shards of broken china from the original residents. She thought it too beautiful to throw away and she decided to make mosaic steps and pathways in her garden. This became her hobby for over twenty years. She has added many concrete and mosaic tiled sculptures.
The house also has a cafe and a B&B.
Marja, (blogger friend) was our tour guide. Here she sits at the mosaic piano garden.
The house is perched high up on a hill overlooking Akaroa and the bay.
I enjoyed walking the many mosaic pathways through the garden.
There were hundreds of different kind of mosaic sculptures and installations.
Although I found them fascinating and appreciated the hours of work involved in making them, I wasn't sure that I really liked them. I felt some were bordering on kitsch.
I thought this one was interesting.