Top of Silo
The “Tank Farm” of our Wynyard Quarter is always an attraction for photographers, especially when the sun casts interesting shadows. The top picture is shot from the gantry, and the bottom one shows a bit more context.
These silos are supposed to disappear in the next few years, and 2012 saw an initiative (promoted by Hamish Keith) to give them a stylish farewell in the form of painted decorations, complete with C.K. Stead‘s poem “Auckland”. (Promptly raising fears that we might fall in love with the embellished artefacts, opposing the long overdue sanitation of this prime piece of waterfront.)
Art by Askew One (Elliot O’Donnell).
Another view of painted tanks, and the text of the poem are in this post of November 9, 2012.
A Battery of Silos
Sunnah Thompson, Vern Rosieur, Ian Strongman
… is the timber (kauri, sourced from West Auckland) which is transformed by master carvers into a door lintel which will take its place in the new Auckland Council Civic Building in Albert Street (see my post April 3, 2015). The 19 iwi (tribes) of the Auckland region are represented in the project by six carvers. Three of them were present when I visited Silo 6 at the Wynyard Quarter last weekend: Sunnah Thompson (Te Waiohua), Vern Rosieur and Ian Strongman (Ngati Wai, Ngati Manuhiri).
More of Sunnah Thompson’s work on this blog.
From the Waterfront website:
“Running throughout the month of July to 23 August between 10am and 2pm on weekend days is a very special live exhibition – Nga Whaotapu o Tamaki Makarau (The Sacred Chisels of Tamaki Makaurau).”
“Featuring six carvers representing the five tribal regions of Tamaki Makarau, this is the first major art collaboration of mana whenua (the original Māori people of Auckland), making for a truly extraordinary series of events.”
Concentration and Strength
Location Signs: Pt Chev Beach
Not your typical roadside sign, this welcome faces the water near the northern end of Point Chevalier Beach.
There is an inscription “Maryanne Papa ’89” (in the letter “V”), but the sign looks much more recent.
The gate of the Oratia Cemetery on West Coast Road.
Dots under the Viaduct
The pillars supporting the Victoria Park Viaduct are decorated with circular dots in various colours. (The colour of the beams is best described as “dirty”.)
On the streets of Freemans Bay.
Yesterday morning we left home in bright sunshine, but by the time we had reached Muriwai, threatening clouds had come up. A last few hopeful rays of the sun, and then the showers came down.
We are looking south from the observation platform of the gannet colony, Maori Bay in the foreground.
There were about a dozen gannets at the colony, a long way off the 1200 breeding pairs we will see here in 1-2 months time.
More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!
Honey Bees, Victoria Park (pars pro toto)
No, I did not count them, not even the ones in the top picture… I am relying on the number given in the writeup about The Park. The Park is one of the works featuring under the POP banner: created by Alt Group as part of an artists’ collective to generate creativity, fun, and new experiences in Auckland.
The concept of this display is due to artists Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Taarati Taiaroa, executed through Beezthingz, with the blessing of Auckland Council.
A hexagon has been roped off and six bench hives placed in the centre of the grassed area along Beaumont Street, next to the skate park and opposite of the BikeLab. The bees are going about their business (since May, and still busy even on the cold but sunny day last week when I visited). People pass by, look at the work, read the information signs, and think beautiful thoughts about bees (how we would be starving without them, how they are endangered, how we can help by planting bee-friendly plants – Pollen Hotels- and creating corridors).
And in the unlikely event that you get stung, epipens are available at the BikeLab and around the corner at the ecostore, 1 Scotland Street.
Bench Hives, Victoria Park
Hives and Onlookers
God Defend New Zealand
This mural graces a house on Point Chevalier Road. It was created for and used in a 2011 TV documentary by David Ferrier on the history of the New Zealand National Anthem (“God Defend New Zealand” – which replaced “God Save the Queen” in 1972). On the left is a portrait of John Joseph Woods, the composer of the tune, while Thomas Bracken, the author of the words, is on the right.
The mural was created by the Cut Collective.
The house is now a boutique for classy accoutrements, Two Daughters and Friends. Open 24/7 if you shop online, and a very select few hours if you wish to shop in person.
Ending with a quote from the documentary: “The product of an Irishman’s song writing competition during the 1800s, judged by three German guys living in Australia!” The documentary (in several instalments) can be found here (hoping that it’s available outside NZ).
And finally a youtube clip of our national anthem in sign language.
God Defend Two Daughters and Friends
Merchant Quarter, New Lynn
I am still fascinated by the bold yellow and black exterior of the Merchant Quarter building in New Lynn.
Merchant Quarter, New Lynn