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May 5, 2010

Painted Boxes: Railway Bogie

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:41 am
Painted Boxes: Railway Bogie (Sean Kerrigan, 2008)

Painted Boxes: Railway Bogie (Sean Kerrigan, 2008)

Wednesday is for painted boxes.

This box is at the corner of Great North Road and Railside Avenue (map), and it is only fitting that it has a railway bogie as its subject. The artist is Sean Kerrigan whose weta box (just around the corner from here) has featured on this blog already.

The box had been painted before, and I believe that the small green box on the side dates back to that previous time.

[Wicked art history comment: the upper picture shows the words “I:AM” at the top, and my warped sense of humour thinks that this is an irreverent reference to that icon of New Zealand art that is Colin McCahon. One of his most famous works — “Victory over Death 2” (1970) — shows these words in monumental size, it became a gift of the NZ government to Australia in 1978 and is now in the National Gallery of Australia. Inevitably, there have been people who interpreted the painting as telling the time of one o’clock in the morning. These are, of course, my speculations, but have a look at Sean’s blog to get a feel for his sense of humour.]

Thanks to Julie Nash, Community Arts Coordinator of Waitakere City, for deciphering the artist’s initials.

Painted Boxes: Railway Bogie (Sean Kerrigan, 2008)

Painted Boxes: Railway Bogie (Sean Kerrigan, 2008)

2 Comments

  1. They look like telephone boxes. Maybe the artist can sell the idea to the council

    Comment by Mo — May 5, 2010 @ 9:16 am

  2. Nice that the painted boxes are pretty to look at and not something disgusting to everyone.

    Comment by Abraham Lincoln — May 6, 2010 @ 12:13 am

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