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Month: April 2010 (page 2 of 3)

Fern Semicircle

Fern Semicircle

Fern Semicircle

Another way to see a tree fern.

The Letterbox

The Letterbox

The Letterbox

Seen in Scenic Drive, Titirangi.

Three Bush Markers

Three Bush Markers

Three Bush Markers

The Three Bush Markers on the Titirangi roundabout are a much-loved local landmark, often (ab)used as support for all manner of messages (see earlier post).

Yesterday we found it partially wrapped in cling foil. (Christo does it better.)

More about the bush markers.

Lopdell House Book Launch: Don Binney

Don Binney: Floor Talk

Don Binney: Floor Talk

Last Thursday night, Lopdell House Gallery in Titirangi hosted the launch of Don Binney‘s book Drawing the Waitakere Coast, published by Random House.

This handsome volume is the artist’s celebration of his love for the sea, sky and land that make the Waitakere Ranges, a region he is intimately familiar with, and which has featured in his paintings throughout his career.

The book is a beautifully rambling yarn: walking tracks and places, scenery and birdlife, vegetation and surf, rocks and streams, people and events past and present, melded into one fulsome whole by the author’s musings and deep knowledge of the place. A bonus (in fact, you might consider it reason enough to purchase the volume) are 24 drawings by this renowned New Zealand artist, rendered in delicate coloured pencil, all of them untitled – you recognise the landmarks. The original drawings by Don Binney were on display in the gallery, a delight to behold (on view until June 7).

Friday morning, the celebration continued with a “Floor Talk” by the author and artist, well attended, beyond the gallery’s expectation. Don Binney is a storyteller extraordinaire, speaking from the heart and generously sharing his life.

It would be unfair not to mention the main exhibition which also opened at Lopdell House on Thursday night (and, indeed, Don acknowledged these artworks himself in an enthusiastic way): a selection of 40 of the finalists in the Adam Portraiture awards 2010.

An exhibition of paintings by Don Binney will be held in June, at The Diversion Gallery, Grove Mill Winery, Waihopai Valley Road, Marlborough. More information on the artist is available from their website.

Attentive followers of my blog may recognise the drawing seen in the photo above as Te Komoki (Jackie Peak), shown in my post of December 28, 2009 — the beginning of the journey of Don’s book, from Huia in the South to Te Henga in the North..

Don Binney: Book Signing

Don Binney: Book Signing

At the Fish Market

Gurnard and John Dory

Gurnard and John Dory

Auckland’s Fish Market is a small affair compared to the likes of Sydney, but it is always interesting and fun to go there.

Not a Pretty Sight!

Not a Pretty Sight!

Stuck in the mudflats

It happens from time to time, but I have never witnessed it before: people driving onto the tidal mudflats of the Manukau Harbour and getting stuck. This was one of two cars that suffered such a fate on Tuesday afternoon. The smaller one got dragged out before the tide came back. This car was probably too heavy to drag, and it appears to have 44-gallon drums attached to the wheels, presumably in the hope of floating it on the incoming tide. 20 hours later there was no trace of any vehicle, so the operation must have been successful.

This is shot at Armour Bay; in the background is Big Bay on Awhitu Peninsula.

Painted Boxes: Flox, TrustMe

Painted Boxes: Flox, TrustMe

Painted Boxes: Flox, TrustMe

This box is at the corner of Great North Road and View Road, Glendene (map). It shows pohutukawa blossom and other vegetation, and most conspicuously the tui.

The box is signed “Flox Trust Me”. Flox is a pseudonym for renowned stencil artist and designer Hayley King, and Trust Me (Ross Liew in real life) is a respected name in street art circles, some time ago he featured in a TV news item on murals. Pohutukawa blossom provide the nectar for the tui birds. Quite a number of these unmistakable stencil works are found from Titirangi through Henderson, and Flox’s art has also appeared on a range of billboards.

As I checked the details out for this post, I saw that Flox is having a massive fashion sale from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road on Thursday, 15 April, i.e. tomorrow evening – one night only. Be there! (My complimentary plug… check her website.)

Painted Boxes: Flox, TrustMe

Painted Boxes: Flox, TrustMe

Advice

Advice

Advice

These stylish signs advocating tolerance and respect are found along Scenic Drive, a narrow, windy (but very scenic) road through the Waitakere Ranges between Titirangi and Swanson. The odd one out (bottom right) needs an explanation: it is seen by traffic coming from Shaw Road, meeting Scenic Drive in a T-intersection, and cyclists may well come hurtling down Scenic Drive from the right.

In other parts of Auckland, the advice is more specific, as shown below. Scenic Drive is just too narrow to specify a distance of 1.5m.

Advice

Advice

Step Touch Stone (Steve Woodward, 2009)

Step Touch Stone (Steve Woodward, 2009)

Step Touch Stone (Steve Woodward, 2009)

This sculpture, made from Shanxi black granite, stands in St Patrick’s Square in the City. The artwork was commissioned by the city in the course of the refurbishment of this public space (officially opened October 2009). We have shown other works of Steve Woodward, and more will follow.

See a picture of Steve Woodward at work on this project.

Lachezar has a splendid picture of St Patrick’s Cathedral and the top of the square.

Another view of the sculpture:

Step Touch Stone (Steve Woodward, 2009)

Step Touch Stone (Steve Woodward, 2009)

Nice Car: Forest and Bird

Nice Car: Forest and Bird

Nice Car: Forest and Bird

Seen near Huia Point, a vehicle of the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society.

Nice Logo

Nice Logo

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