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Month: August 2016 (page 1 of 2)

A Gathering of Balloons

Rice Paper Lamps

Rice Paper Lamps

Rice paper lamps at the Auckland Museum.

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

At the Golf Course

At the Golf Course

At the Golf Course

Morning at Titirangi Golf Course — shooting over the fence from Godley Road, Green Bay.

Umbrellas

Umbrellas

Umbrellas

They might come handy next week, with a change to wet weather.

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

Achy Breaky Heart (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Achy Breaky Heart  (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Achy Breaky Heart (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Waikokota Lane in Aucklands Wynyard Quarter tunnels through between the two blocks of the award-winning ASB building: glass to symbolise the transparency of the bank (yeah, right) and a monumental mural by Michael Parkowhai entitled “Achy Breaky Heart”. This is what the interpretive plaque says about it:

Achy Breaky Heart is a wall of bright, over-sized Cuisenaire rods, stacked upon each other in patterns to create the illusion of movement and rhythm. The rods become lines of colour – connecting, forming partnerships and dancing before your eyes. The glossy surface of Achy Breaky Heart reflects the environment and the surrounding glass reflects the work.

Cuisenaire rods were developed in the 1950s for maths education and each colour has a mathematical unit connected to it. The white rod is 1, the red rod is two, and the orange rod is 10. The title of the work, Achy Breaky Heart, is a nod to Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie and – of course – to the early 1990s pop song and line dancing.

Michael Parekowhai was born in Porirua and grew up on Auckland’s North Shore. He works in the disciplines of sculpture, installation and photography and is a professor of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.

Real Art Roadshow

Real Art Roadshow

Real Art Roadshow

Walking through the Wesley Market on Friday, it was impossible to overlook the big truck and trailer unit by the community hall. The Real Art Roadshow has been traveling the length and breadth of the country for nearly 10 years now, bringing original art to schools and (occasionally) to the general public. A collection of original work by top contemporary artists (say 1960 onwards), courtesy of the Real Art Charitable Trust.

This initiative is now coming to an end, and the collection is up for auction at Art and Object on November 1. (I hope the Real Art Roadshow website will remain, such a great collection of images and writings!). The Roadshow website is hoping for a buyer of the project in order to continue the initiative.

The last photo shows artist Paul Forrest (a Roadshow Director) with one of his own works that he brought out of a hiding place in the ceiling of the truck: a collaborative work with photographer Derek Tearne. – Nice meeting you, Paul, thanks for the conversation.

The schedule of school visits (and some slots for public viewing) is on Facebook.

In the photo of the gallery, you can see work by Harvey Benge, Joana Braithwaite. Mark Braunias, Phillip Clairmont, Bill Culbert, Judy Daragh, Don Driver, Gary Freemantle, Megan Hansen-Knarhol, Jeffrey Harris, Michael Illingworth, Saskia Leek, Richard McWhanell, Peter Robinson, Angela Singer, Richard Stratton, Ricky Swallow, Phillip Trusttum, Greer Twiss, Harry Watson – to give an idea of the scope of the show.

Serious Truck!

Serious Truck!

Gallery

Gallery

Paul Forrest

Paul Forrest

Face to Face …

Reflection

Reflection

… with a serious truck.

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

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

The former brickworks have disappeared, the land levelled, and roads lined up. Now the various services are brought to the future front doors. The development (“West Edge“) will comprise 1800 dwellings.

Rankin Avenue, New Lynn.

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

Arch Hill

Arch Hill

Arch Hill

A couple of days ago I noticed this view of period houses: looking from the Dominion Road flyover (above New North Road) to the ridge of Great North Road.

In the upper picture, Aitken Terrace houses in the foreground; behind them a steep dip down to Newton Gully (State Highway 16, these days). Then Keppel Street horizontally, and Potatau Street leads up to Great North Road (the big building with blue is the Samoan Methodist Community Hall in King Street). The second picture shows the continuation to the right, with Brisbane Street leading up to Great North Road.

Arch Hill

Arch Hill

NZ Rose

NZ Rose

NZ Rose

The birds have obviously enjoyed an apple (variety “NZ Rose”) that may have been left behind after the Avondale Markets.

Butterflies

Butterfly

Butterfly

Mural by the Kakano Youth Arts Collective at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Butterflies

Butterflies

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