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

April 3, 2011

Robbie the Mayor (Toby Twiss)

Filed under: Black and White,City,sculpture — paul @ 7:01 am
Sir Dove-Myer Robinson (Toby Twiss 2002)

Sir Dove-Myer Robinson (Toby Twiss 2002)

This sculpture by Toby Twiss stands at the Queen Street entrance to Aotea Square. It depicts Sir Dove-Mter Robinson (1901-1989), a former mayor of Auckland. He held this office for 18 years (1959-1965 and 1968-1980, the longest reigning mayor by some margin). A battler for his convictions, he is best remembered for his fight in the 1940s against a proposal to pump sewage into the Waitemata Harbour at Browns Island, promoting a scheme of oxidation ponds in the Manukau harbour instead.

This backlit view captures the fighting spirit of the statue, shown below in more context.

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

Sir Dove-Myer Robinson (Toby Twiss 2002)

Sir Dove-Myer Robinson (Toby Twiss 2002)

2 Comments

  1. A contrast to the Teflon politicians of today. Glass artist Ann Robinson’s father, btw

    Comment by John B — April 4, 2011 @ 5:47 am

  2. I like the backlit shot very much. The statue is beautiflly made.

    Comment by Dragonstar — April 4, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

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