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Month: March 2010 (page 2 of 4)

The Potter’s Hands: Peter Lange

The Potter's Hands: Peter Lange

The Potter's Hands: Peter Lange

Yesterday (March 20, 2010) was the annual “Artists in Eden” event, a splendid community initiative by the Maungawhau/Mt Eden Community Arts Trust.

More than 40 artists are rounded up in the Essex Road Reserve to do their thing, plied with food and drink by the crew of volunteers, and amply distracted by curious onlookers and their curly questions. By 2:30 p.m. the works are finished and ready for auction – proceeds go to community arts projects.

I hasten to add, that I am not claiming Mt Eden as part of the West, however the potter Peter Lange has a strong foothold in the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson. You can visit him in his studio next weekend (27/28 March) when many Waitakere artists have their open studio weekend. Last year when I went there, I got a ride on his brick rocking chair – he may have other surprises this year.

The notes to yesterday’s event describe Peter Lange as “A potter of 35 years who has worked with bricks for the last five”. That’s a pretty good summary for brevity, anything more would fill volumes – just google him.

The photo above shows Peter’s hands as he makes a cast of a weta, with the finished result shown below. Further down there is a sample of Peter’s brick art being used as props by a wedding photographer nearly three years ago (I just happened to be in the vicinity), and the last picture is one of Peter’s works shown recently at “Art in the Woolshed“, Tawharanui.

Peter Lange: weta casts

Peter Lange: weta casts

Peter Lange at Artists in Eden

Peter Lange at Artists in Eden

Peter Lange: Brick Art

Peter Lange: Brick Art

Peter Lange: Bollard

Peter Lange: Bollard

Blue and Red

Spinnakers under the Harbour Bridge

Spinnakers under the Harbour Bridge

Spnnaker start to a Friday afternoon boat race under the Auckland harbour bridge.

Pasifika 2010 #5

Hawaiian Pineapple

Hawaiian Pineapple

Two more faces from the crowds of Pasifika 2010. The irresistible taste of fresh pineapple with a good dollop of icecream, and below, a picture of introverted contemplation amidst the bustling crowds.

Self-absorbed

Self-absorbed

Pasifika 2010 #4

Audience Participation

Audience Participation

Auckland is the world’s largest polynesian city, and the colours, customs and specialties of pacific peoples are on display at Pasifika, an annual festival, now in its 18th year. The various activities culminate in a huge one-day event at Western Springs (Saturday, 13 March, 2010).

The foursome above appeared to act out the songs and rhythms of a Samoan reggae group. Further along, I passed these interesting people:

A feather in his cap

A feather in his cap

The costume below is from Easter Island, and the three of them were collecting for Chilean earthquake victims.

Easter Island

Easter Island

Painted Boxes: NZ’s First Automobile

Cecil Wood's motorcar

Cecil Wood's motorcar

We take a quick break from our pictures of Pasifika 2010 and pursue our Wednesday theme of painted boxes. This box by Doug Ford (2006) is in Great North Road, Kelston (map). It commemorates Cecil Wood (1874-1965), who built the first automobile in New Zealand, about 1897 (the box says 1898, but this has been overpainted to read 1897, and in other sources I have seen 1896, let’s not be too pedantic about the date – the link above dates the car at 1901, a sequel of various two- and three-wheeled contraptions). A photograph not unlike what we see above (showing Cecil Wood in his third automobile, ca 1910) is held in the National Library of New Zealand.

There used to be another box by Doug Ford at the intersection of Great North and Portage Roads, New Lynn (map), referring to Cecil Wood’s first car. But unfortunately the imagery has given way to a bureaucratic shade of grey/green (Added 24/03/10: Julie Nash, Community Arts Coordinator, Watakere City, informed me that the cabinet fell victim to a road accident). Here is a picture of what used to be there:

First Motorcar

First Motorcar

Doug Ford has a muralsblog of his own. (Thanks to Timespanner for the link.)

Read more about Doug Ford at The Big Idea or at Wall Gallery, Ponsonby.

Pasifika 2010 #3

Pasifika 2010: The Young Photographer

Pasifika 2010: The Young Photographer

Auckland is the world’s largest polynesian city, and the colours, customs and specialties of pacific peoples are on display at Pasifika, an annual festival, now in its 18th year. The various activities culminate in a huge one-day event at Western Springs (Saturday, 13 March, 2010).

Cameras are everywhere, but most photographers were older than what you see above.

The people below graciously allowed me to take their picture as they did battle with their cobs of corn (after a long wait in the queue).

Pasifika 2010  Cobs of Corn

Pasifika 2010 Cobs of Corn

Pasifika 2010 #2

Ami and Renee

Ami and Renee

Auckland is the world’s largest polynesian city, and the colours, customs and specialties of pacific peoples are on display at Pasifika, an annual festival, now in its 18th year. The various activities culminate in a huge one-day event at Western Springs (Saturday, 13 March, 2010).

More than 200,000 people took part in the festival, too many to show here. We will show a few of the faces over the next few days, starting with Renee and Ami (who is of Tongan/Samoan descent), and Renee’s children in the baby buggy.

Tired from a Great Outing

Tired from a Great Outing

Pasifika 2010 #1

Pasifika 2010 "Ladies My Way"

Pasifika 2010 (Ladies My Way)

Auckland is the world’s largest polynesian city, and the colours, customs and specialties of pacific peoples are on display at Pasifika, an annual festival, now in its 18th year. The various activities culminate in a huge one-day event at Western Springs (Saturday, 13 March, 2010).

The Fijian dance group above (“Ladies My Way”) entertained the crowd with song and swaying hips, and plenty of smiles.

No less cheerful were the action songs of the group of Tuvaluans, below.

Tuvalu Action Song

Tuvalu Action Song

Tuvalu Action Song

Tuvalu Action Song

Location Signs: Ambrico Place

Location Signs: Ambrico Place

Location Signs: Ambrico Place

Ambrico Place (map), New Lynn, is a no exit street off Rankin Avenue, oposite of the Monier Brick Factory. Its entrance is flanked on either side by such a mosaic sign – seen here in the light of the morning sun with the background totally in the shade – recalling some of the local features: the kiln (subject of yesterday’s post), stacks of bricks that would have been produced here, pottery items, and creepy-crawleys like gecko and centipede, as well as nikau palms.

Artist unknown.

Ambrico Kiln

Ambrico Kiln

Ambrico Kiln

Ambrico Place is a relatively new residential development, but apart from that it also houses an important relic of the heyday of clay in the West: Ambrico kiln – the only kiln that remains standing. It is a downdraft kiln, and was connected to a tall chimney by an underground duct. The picture below shows one row of fire chambers (there is another row on the opposite side of the kiln.

Ambrico Kiln: Fire Chambers

Ambrico Kiln: Fire Chambers

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