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Month: February 2014 (page 2 of 3)

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

The Mangere Art Centre (Ngā Tohu o Uenuku) is currently hosting an exhibition of work by the pioneering kinetic artist Len Lye (1901-1980). Entitled “Agiagiā” (a Samoan word expressing the notion of ‘natural billowing movement’), the intimate show displays some of the experimental movies of the artist, as well as diaries, and most strikingly this piece, a 2001 reconstruction of the original: a bunch of steel rods, beautifully illuminated, serene when undisturbed. But then the sculpture will come to life, moving just a couple of centimetres to and fro from side to side, the rods swaying gently. Then faster and faster, developing into a frenzied dervish’s dance which after a while will slow down again and come to rest.

The exhibition finishes on March 16.

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Firebush (Len Lye, 1961)

Lantern Festival

Fisherman Casting His Net

Fisherman Casting His Net

The Auckland Lantern festival (on the full moon weekend after Chinese New Year) is always a great attraction.

Horses for the Year of the Horse

Horses for the Year of the Horse

The Rooster

The Rooster

Bling

Bling

Secret Message?

A Lineup of Pegs

A Lineup of Pegs

Along the roadside in our neighbourhood. I could not decipher it.

Cafe Closed

Furniture at the Art Gallery

Furniture at the Art Gallery

It is a very pleasant place to sit and have your coffee, with the soothing green of the trees of Albert Park beside you. But when I visited, I found it was closed. The website explains: “Seasonal opening hours apply for the level 2 espresso bar” — I must have been out of season. There is another cafe on the first floor of the gallery.

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

Lord, Let Me Be Brave!

Touting for Business

Touting for Business

Face and Body on Titirangi Road make it their business to keep commuters amused with their advertising boards (and keeping or making the population beautiful, within limitations).

A less militant approach to Valentine’s day was found at the op shop in Helensville.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Self Portrait (Head in the Clouds)

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

The lettering on the window seems to be a leftover from an event at the end of last month (“Imagining a new park for New Lynn”), and some of what was left in the yet to be leased retail spaces of the Merchant Quarter looked like bits from the “Re-Imagining New Lynn” event some 5 months ago.

As I was staring into the window trying to penetrate the near-empty darkness, all I could see was the reflection of myself and of a blue sky, too good to pass up.

See my growing collection of selfies.

Make Believe

Make Believe

Two Dogs

Two Dogs

Two Dogs

Patiently waiting for their owner at New Lynn’s Merchant Quarter. In a Triumph – same colour (“almond”) as we had in the seventies.

The Pioneer Winemaker

The Pioneer Winemaker (Anthony Stones, 1995)

The Pioneer Winemaker (Anthony Stones, 1995)

This sculpture is found in Henderson, on Alderman Drive, next to the West Wave roundabout, and adjacent to Pioneer Park. A tribute to the winemaker families of the area.

The Pioneer Winemaker

The Pioneer Winemaker

The Pioneer Winemaker

The Pioneer Winemaker

Mainly Green

Harold Moody Park

Harold Moody Park

Harold Moody Park in Glen Eden is home of the Glenora Bears Rugby League club. I drove past long after the match, and after-match, had finished…

Long shadows and gum trees. At a pinch, this picture also qualifies as a selfie.

Cacti

Cacti

Cacti

Seen at the Avondale Markets.

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