Auckland lies on an isthmus formed by Manukau Harbour and Waitemata Harbour, the latter opening out to the Pacific Ocean, and the former to the Tasman Sea. One of the narrowest land passages between the two is roughly along what now is “Portage Road”, named after the fact that Maori used this stretch of land and the waters of Avondale Stream (Wai Tahurangi) to move their canoes from one side to the other.
This transformer is near the intersection of Portage and Golf Roads, next to the Avondale Stream. The artist depicts a glimpse of Rangitoto Island as you look north to the Waitemata Harbour, and Manukau Heads with the cone of Te Komoki as one looks south. And in between footprints in the wetlands. Painted by Sean McCarthy, 2011.