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Painted Boxes: Bookstack

Bookstack, Ranui

Bookstack, Ranui

This utility box is in Ranui, by the Community House and the former library (a new library has just been opened diagonally across the intersection – we shall visit this in the near future). The subject matter is obvious: loads and loads of books, be it “War and Peace” or “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”, the Bible or “Legends of Maui”, “The Bone People” or Lisa J. Truttman’s “Heart of the Whau”. Lisa is a local historian, tirelessly producing the “Timespanner” as blog and on Facebook, where she shares the results of her historical research. Good to find her work in such illustrious company! “Heart of the Whau” is a history of Avondale Central, available online, with hard copies held at various Libraries.

Two other titles stand out; both, I think, fictitious: “Waitakere City Council Librarians: a Tribute” (a thoughtful title of the artwork on this box?), and “How to Paint Power Boxes” by Diane Rimmer, the latter presumably a clever way to hide an artist’s signature – just my speculation. (Confirmed, see comment by Diane below.)

Detail: World Famous in Ranui

Detail: World Famous in Ranui

Bookstack, Ranui

Bookstack, Ranui

Bookstack, Ranui

Bookstack, Ranui

5 Comments

  1. Diane

    Yep you are right!

  2. Hamilton

    Perfect design for its location. And I love the eclectic choices in books!

  3. paul

    Thanks Diane, love the theme and execution! As do Timespanner’s friends: https://www.facebook.com/Timespanner/posts/810520379000579

  4. William Kendall

    Very colourful!

    Some of our utility boxes have been painted in different ways; it certainly looks more pleasing to the eye.

  5. Joan

    This is my favourite of this serie this far.

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