This painting by John Weeks depicts a Christchurch clay pit at the base of the Port Hills. The pit supplied local brickworks, and its clay was derived from fine-grained, wind-blown silt known as loess. The darker patch in the cliff face contains layers of soil that built up when the loess was not being deposited. When the loess-bearing winds returned, the layers were covered over.
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Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Oil painting by John Weeks
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