Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

October 26, 2014

EDFAB

Filed under: Avondale,Buildings — paul @ 7:04 am
Precision Cut

Precision Cut

At last weekend’s Whau Arts Festival, a box was constructed which began to fascinate me when I returned to the place last week. I could find a bit about this project on the web (here and here), and Yusef Patel (a PhD student from Auckland University involved in the project, pictured below left) kindly provided the following note:

The build undertaken by the EDFAB group at the University of Auckland, aims to create a construction system for anyone interested in building their own home without any formal building experience. It works much like a puzzle and only relies on friction joints for the assembly (however screws are used, so safety is not put into jeopardy). The advantages of this construction system is that it is highly adaptive and can conform to individual needs of a consumer due to the digital technologies employed in the manufacture process. This prototype is still in the development stages and still requires large amounts of testing. There are plans to clad, roof and fit out the interior of the shelter. This will take place in the coming weeks and months. However this is subject to financial and material sponsors.

People involved in the project: Dermott McMeel, Manfredo Manfredini, Paola Leardini, John Chapman, Gary Raftery, Yusef Patel.

EDFAB Prototype

EDFAB Prototype

EDFAB Prototype

EDFAB Prototype

October 25, 2014

Cones

Filed under: Art,Avondale,Black and White — paul @ 7:13 am
Traffic Cones

Traffic Cones

I have included pictures of traffic cones at various times. The most creative use was seen last weekend at the Whau Arts Festival in Avondale. This is the view from underneath the dome, and a general view for orientation below.

Antigravity”, an installation by the University of Auckland’s architecture students that examines how places can be temporarily activated to create instant urbanity that serves as a catalyst for communities and change.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

Traffic Cones

Traffic Cones

October 24, 2014

Woodpigeon (Kereru)

Filed under: Birds,Titirangi — paul @ 7:01 am
Kereru - New Zealand Woodpigeon

Kereru – New Zealand Woodpigeon

A shot from yesterday: this woodpigeon was resting in a wineberry tree, probably after having overeaten on the berries of a nikau palm close by. Very tolerant of my approach – only the sun was missing, would have given a better sheen on the feathers.

Kereru - New Zealand Woodpigeon

Kereru – New Zealand Woodpigeon

October 23, 2014

Antigone is Cool!

Filed under: Avondale,People — paul @ 7:09 am
Isaac Barber and E J Emele

Isaac Barber and E J Emele

I had just taken a few pictures of the now completed mural at Kings Foodmart/The Plantation in Avondale, when I noticed a couple of guys making use of the plywood construction that had been erected there for last weekend’s Avondale Arts Festival. As it turned out, Isaac Barber and E J Emele were rehearsing the ancient Greek tragedy of Antigone. Nice talking to you guys, thanks for the shots – and all the best with your production!

In Rehearsal at The Plantation

In Rehearsal at The Plantation

October 22, 2014

The Jump

Filed under: Not West,Sport — paul @ 7:06 am
X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

From an outing to the Equidays, last Saturday. Sadly, I don’t remember the names of either rider or horse…

The Hyundai Derby, Mystery Creek Events Centre.

October 21, 2014

Red

Filed under: Colours,Flowers,Titirangi — paul @ 7:05 am
Red Flowers

Red Flowers

The “Soldiers’ Memorial Walkway” is a short path leading from opposite of Lopdell House to an elevated platform where at some time the Soldiers’ Memorial stood. Nowadays there is just a peaceful spot with a bench, and when I visited there was an abundance of these red flowers (no idea what they are called – any offers?).

(The Soldiers’ Memorial is now situated by the Titirangi War Memorial Hall.)

Bench

Bench

October 20, 2014

Woman with Child (Paul Woodruffe)

Filed under: Art,Avondale,sculpture — paul @ 7:03 am
Woman with Child (Paul Woodruffe)

Woman with Child (Paul Woodruffe)

This laser cut silhouette by local artist Paul Woodruffe stands at the corner of Great North Road and Rosebank Road in Avondale. For the weekend’s Avondale Arts Festival the woman received some adornments in her hat.

There was a second piece, entitled “The 1950’s Man”, who stood next to the Avondale spider overlooking the racecourse – but that has disappeared some time ago.

According to a page by the Avondale Community Action, the man was looking to the past, while the woman and child look to the future. The base of our figure reads: “Making Avondale the best we can be”.

Woman with Child (Paul Woodruffe)

Woman with Child (Paul Woodruffe)

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October 19, 2014

Kingfisher Portrait

Filed under: Birds,Cornwallis — paul @ 7:16 am
Kingfisher Portrait

Kingfisher Portrait

An unusually cooperative kingfisher allowed me to take a close shot. Cornwallis wharf.

October 18, 2014

Winding

Filed under: Black and White,City,Shadows — paul @ 7:02 am
Spiral Stairs

Spiral Stairs

Spiral stairs and their shadows winding up between levels at the City Works Depot.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

October 17, 2014

Whau Arts Festival

Filed under: Art,Avondale,Festivals — paul @ 9:20 am
Whau Arts Festival

Whau Arts Festival

Energy, confidence and hope were the dominant sentiments at the opening of the Whau Arts Festival (October 16-19 at Avondale) last night. A community had rallied together under the banner of the arts to inspire and to turn a new leaf for a suburb, seemingly without a heart, yet full of people with imagination and aspirations. For months they have been busy planning, drumming up support, discussing ideas, creating, and finally it all came together. The old vacant site, where once a supermarket provided some focal point of the community, now again bustling with life after ten years of neglect – and the hope that a community centre could emerge in this place.

An enthusiastic crowd, speeches, performers – sadly I had to leave early, I missed the best photo opportunity: the blacksmith!

Visit their website and their Facebook page.

(More pictures on my Facebook Page.)

Decorations

Decorations

Avondale Primary School Joins the Festive Mood

Avondale Primary School Joins the Festive Mood

Creative Use of Traffic Cones

Creative Use of Traffic Cones

Creative Use of Traffic Cones

Creative Use of Traffic Cones

Pacific Drums and Dancers

Pacific Drums and Dancers

Members of the Official Party

Members of the Official Party

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