Auckland’s tank farm in the Wynyard Quarter is a photographer’s delight (here and here and here and here and …), but there are good reasons why prime waterfront land should not be wasted on hazardous goods storage. But while we have the tanks (and that won’t be forever) we might as well decorate them. The Auckland art writer Hamish Keith is the driving force behind the Tank Art Project, in which five artists will liven the area up. The first of the five is Askew One (Elliot O’Donnell), four more are yet to be nominated. Askew One is a renowned graffiti artist, and his artwork on the tanks is inspired by C.K. Stead‘s poem Auckland. Two more tanks, hidden from view in these pictures were unfinished when I took these shots. It will be interesting to see the whole project evolve.
Auckland (C. K. Stead)
There are dreamscapes and realscapes. This one I suspect is real though the sun is walking on water and the sea out at the yellow buoy is silk. An orange container-ship is rounding North Head. Green Rangitoto pictures itself and is not displeased. Moehau, deep blue insists on distance. Swimming back on my back I become again the connoisseur of clouds - feathers and fleeces. A gull drifts over a tern a gull again white on white on blue. A low-altitude Exocet shag (late for lunch?) hurtles across. This is the life that goes godlessly on a poem without words a gift without conditions a present without a past.