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

August 1, 2012

Littered with Numbers

Filed under: Kelston,Mathematics,New Lynn,Sport,Theme Day — paul @ 6:01 am
Numbers and Puddles: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Numbers and Puddles: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

The City Daily Photo theme for July is “Numbers”. Check Facebook for other participants. Or click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

The Ken Maunder Park Footbridge connects Kelston and New Lynn, crossing a tidal estuary that is a tributary to the Whau river. This is a relatively new replacement of an older bridge, and I had not visited it until a couple of weeks ago. The pavement is littered with numbers — just what I needed for August Theme Day!

I found it intriguing that a wavy pattern emerges on the surface if one is at some distance, but this is not noticeable when one looks up close.

There is an interesting Flickr page about the background of the design, I reproduce the words of the designers (The Letter Q):

The brief for the project stipulated that’s the sports from local playing fields and clubs be expressed in the work.

The starting point was to look at the various scores from the club points tables and the fields of numbers which express and measure sporting performance.

Numerals were then used to generate a sequence of running shapes. The sequence shows several phases of movement on one surface and can be followed from one end of the bridge to the other.

The sequence takes inspiration from early photographic studies capturing the structure of bodily motion.

The material used for the surface is a ‘bendable concrete’ called Flexus™, and they have some more documentation regarding the bridge on their website.

Some history of the Ken Maunder Park by Phil Hanson can be found on the Timespanner’s blog.

Littered with Numbers: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Littered with Numbers: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Wavy Patterns: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Wavy Patterns: Ken Maunder Park Bridge



    Comment by John B — August 1, 2012 @ 6:44 am

  2. Bravo !!!!

    Comment by LaPetiteSiseste — August 1, 2012 @ 7:44 am

  3. Perfect 🙂

    Comment by Jo — August 1, 2012 @ 8:51 am

  4. What an interesting post!

    Comment by Bibi, Serbia — August 1, 2012 @ 9:32 am

  5. How very impressive a find. Love it.

    Please have a good new month ahead.

    Comment by robert — August 1, 2012 @ 9:50 am

  6. What a great find!
    Perfect for todays theme day posting.
    Never seen anything like it.

    Comment by Gunn — August 1, 2012 @ 11:33 am

  7. Mesmerizing images, fantastic entry for this theme day Paul!
    Enlightening too!

    Comment by Lachezar — August 1, 2012 @ 7:42 pm

  8. holy moly, that’s a lot of numbers! super entry!

    Comment by Tanya — August 2, 2012 @ 1:46 am

  9. this is a fascinating use of numbers.
    I checked out their website and really like their designs.

    Comment by Hamilton — August 2, 2012 @ 4:39 am

  10. Perfect for Theme Day and an intricate, fascinating art piece.

    Comment by Oakland Daily Photo — August 2, 2012 @ 11:36 am

  11. It’s cool! Beauty and not slippery 🙂

    Comment by Artem Tarasov — August 2, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

  12. I like your choice for this theme day. Thanks for sharing with us all.

    Comment by Valladolid Daily Photo — August 3, 2012 @ 12:32 am

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