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Month: February 2013 (page 1 of 2)

Painted Boxes: Golfball (Sean McCarthy)

Painted Boxes: Golfball (Sean McCarthy)

Painted Boxes: Golfball (Sean McCarthy)

This roadside cabinet is on the corner of Portage Road and Links Road, New Lynn — on the approach to the Titirangi Golf Club. Could not think of a more appropriate subject. Artist: Sean McCarthy.

My Fireworks

My Fireworks

My Fireworks

We did not stay for the fireworks at the Auckland Lantern Festival, so I had to create my own in the camera.

My Fireworks

My Fireworks

My Fireworks

My Fireworks

My Fireworks

My Fireworks

Hula Hoops

Hula Hoops

Hula Hoops

Chinese artists provided acrobatic entertainment at the Auckland Lantern Festival. Here an act with 101 hula hoops. Maybe 102?

Hula Hoops

Hula Hoops

Auckland Lantern Festival

Auckland Lantern Festival

Auckland Lantern Festival

Ending the festivities of the Chinese New Year, Auckland celebrates the beginning of the year of the snake.

Auckland Lantern Festival

Auckland Lantern Festival

Inside the Sixpack

Industrial Heritage

Industrial Heritage

The Sixpack (officially known as “Silo Six“) is a cluster of cement silos in the Wynyard Quarter, preserved as a memento of the industrial heritage of this area of reclaimed land. Currently (until February 26) it houses part of the Summer of Sculpture (the exhibition of outdoor sculptures continues to March 15). An interesting space, and not all of the exhibits are at home in this environment. My favorite is Phil Dadson’s work of video and music performed with water and stone – impossible to capture as a photo, and taking full advantage of the sound qualities of the space.

It does not happen often that the silos are open, so make the most of it now.

Richard McWhanell, Renee and Sian

Richard McWhanell, Renee and Sian

Chiara Corbelletto, Complex Simplicity

Chiara Corbelletto, Complex Simplicity

A Flock of Cranes

Flock of Cranes, Waterview Connection

Flock of Cranes, Waterview Connection

The Oakley Creek/Waterview area usually boasts numbers of white-faced herons, but now the cranes are roosting here, and they will stay for the long run.

Massive grids of reinforcing steel are manufactured behind the fences, hoisted up on the cranes and buried underground. “Well-Connected Alliance” is the name of the construction consortium, comprising Fletcher Construction, MacDow, Obayashi Corporation, Beca, Parsons Brinkerhoff and Tonkin and Taylor.

The overview picture was shot from yesterday’s bridge.

Construction Site, Waterview Connection

Construction Site, Waterview Connection

Production Line

Production Line

Well-Connected

Well-Connected

Please Slow Down …

Pedestrian/Pedallers' Overbridge, Waterview

Pedestrian/Pedallers' Overbridge, Waterview

This bridge spans Great North Road, just after one leaves the motorway (SH16) for Avondale. And immediately after comes a new set of traffic lights controlling the (rather heavy) traffic to and from the gigantic construction site of the tunnel entrance for SH20.

Spinning Tiers (Steve Woodward 2006/07)

Spinning Tiers (Steve Woodward (2006/07)

Spinning Tiers (Steve Woodward (2006/07)

Presently on display at the Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Quarter, as part of the Summer of Sculpture. Bronze, stainless steel bearing system, granite base. Contact: (09) 827 1438 or mobile +64 21 256 5117.

And, yes, it does spin — give it a whirl!

Catalogue note: “Spinning Tiers is both a monument, a memorial to our threatened world and a celebration of life through the dynamic elements that make up our universe. Ref to the Sotoba or Go Rin To it is a tower of five elements.”

We have shown other work by Steve Woodward on this blog before.

Spinning Tiers (Steve Woodward (2006/07)

Spinning Tiers (Steve Woodward (2006/07)

Portrait of Mass and Transmission (David McCracken, 2012)

Portrait of Mass and Transmission (David McCracken, 2012)

Portrait of Mass and Transmission (David McCracken, 2012)

The Silo Park and Karanga Plaza in the Wynyard Quarter are celebrating a Summer of Sculpture (1 February to 15 March; exhibition in Silo 6 to 22 February). This work in Corten steel is by David McCracken (represented by Gow Langsford Gallery). From the catalogue:

Portrait of Mass and Transmission is both a continuation of current practice and a subtle change of direction. Cut and welded from corten steel plate, the composition relies on the intrinsic tensile nature of the steel to generate its looping folded form, and the rhythmic patterning to insinuate mass.”

Below is a picture of a similar work (Portrait of Traction and Transmission), displayed at the recent Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition on Waiheke Island, winning the artist the Parsons Brinckerhoff Award for Engineering Excellence at that show. In the Headland catalogue notes, the artist comments: “This exhibition gives me an opportunity to resolve an ongoing issue of how to present these works. I have placed them standing vertically until now, but have always been unhappy with that orientation, [here] the sculpture is composed to fit into the setting.”

Portrait of Traction and Transmission (David McCracken)

Portrait of Traction and Transmission (David McCracken)

New Zealand Woodpigeon (Kereru)

New Zealand Woodpigeon (Kereru)

New Zealand Woodpigeon (Kereru)

This woodpigeon is gorging itself on the berries of a cabbage tree which reaches the level of our deck. The bird was very cooperative, letting me come quite close to take pictures. Thanks again to Mrs H who alerted me to the opportunity.

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