Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

September 4, 2014

Orchid

Filed under: Flowers,Kelston — paul @ 6:58 am
Orchid Norito Hasegawa

Orchid Norito Hasegawa

When driving between Henderson and New Lynn last weekend, I noticed that the Kelston Orchid Show was in full swing. Had to stop. This is a paphiopedilum Norito Hasegawa.

Entry to the Waitakere Orchid Club Spring Show was free thanks to support from the Henderson-Massey Local Board.

May 6, 2014

Whau River

Filed under: Avondale,Clouds,Kelston — paul @ 7:23 am
Whau River

Whau River

The Whau River with interesting patterns of surface ripples, seen from Archibald Park, Kelston. Dominated by puffy white clouds (and a generous sprinkle of pylons).

February 23, 2014

Flotilla Whau

Filed under: Avondale,Festivals,Kelston,New Lynn — paul @ 6:58 am
Flotilla Whau

Flotilla Whau

Yesterday afternoon, Flotilla Whau set off from Archibald Park, Kelston, to celebrate “the Whau river as an important waterway in our own back yards”. While the weather seemed less than benign (up in our hills it was drizzle from light to heavy), when I descended to New Lynn, the sun was out, making it hot and sticky. Looks like everyone had fun.

Men Overboard!

Men Overboard!

In Unison

In Unison

Boats on Land and in the Water

Boats on Land and in the Water

August 1, 2012

Littered with Numbers

Filed under: Kelston,Mathematics,New Lynn,Sport,Theme Day — paul @ 6:01 am
Numbers and Puddles: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Numbers and Puddles: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

The City Daily Photo theme for July is “Numbers”. Check Facebook for other participants. Or click here to view thumbnails for all participants.

The Ken Maunder Park Footbridge connects Kelston and New Lynn, crossing a tidal estuary that is a tributary to the Whau river. This is a relatively new replacement of an older bridge, and I had not visited it until a couple of weeks ago. The pavement is littered with numbers — just what I needed for August Theme Day!

I found it intriguing that a wavy pattern emerges on the surface if one is at some distance, but this is not noticeable when one looks up close.

There is an interesting Flickr page about the background of the design, I reproduce the words of the designers (The Letter Q):

The brief for the project stipulated that’s the sports from local playing fields and clubs be expressed in the work.

The starting point was to look at the various scores from the club points tables and the fields of numbers which express and measure sporting performance.

Numerals were then used to generate a sequence of running shapes. The sequence shows several phases of movement on one surface and can be followed from one end of the bridge to the other.

The sequence takes inspiration from early photographic studies capturing the structure of bodily motion.

The material used for the surface is a ‘bendable concrete’ called Flexus™, and they have some more documentation regarding the bridge on their website.

Some history of the Ken Maunder Park by Phil Hanson can be found on the Timespanner’s blog.

Littered with Numbers: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Littered with Numbers: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Wavy Patterns: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

Wavy Patterns: Ken Maunder Park Bridge

July 19, 2011

A Hubbub of Hubcaps

Filed under: Cars,Kelston,Smile — paul @ 7:09 am
A proud Collection

A proud Collection

This collection may well have had modest beginnings as the one shown yesterday. But it has grown …

I found these decorative fences in Sabulite Road, Kelston.

A proud Collection

A proud Collection

June 29, 2011

Painted Boxes: Pacific Patterns

Filed under: Art,Kelston,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:25 am
Pacific Patterns

Pacific Patterns

This transformer box stands in Daphne Street, Kelston, and is covered in patterns of the Pacific. Painter unknown (to me).

June 15, 2011

Painted Boxes: Children’s Scenes (Dan Mills)

Filed under: Art,Kelston,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:16 am
Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

This transformer is in Archibald Road, Kelston, outside of Kelston Primary School, by Dan Mills. There is also a large mural by Dan Mills at a nearby wall of the school, but it is currently obstructed by a temporary classroom.

Other public art by Dan Mills on this blog, click here.

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

May 27, 2011

Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

Filed under: Art,Kaurilands,Kelston,Sky — paul @ 7:12 am
Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

In St Leonards Road Kelston and also in the Kaurilands/Atkinson Roads area, “sculptural gateways” like the ones shown here are found along the roadside. They are the work of Toby Twiss, and the “Town Centre Art” page of the former Waitakere City has this to say:

Artist Toby Twiss was brought in to work with students from the six Kelston schools, to produce a series of sculptural ‘gateways’ into the area. These gateways depict images created by the students relating to speed and road safety. The idea behind these artworks was to help slow traffic down by putting up symbols related to speed and reminding drivers that there are children in the area. They were also conceived as a way of building pride in the area through a community arts project.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Children About! (Toby Twiss)

Children About! (Toby Twiss)

December 2, 2010

Yellow Pohutukawa

Filed under: Flowers,Kelston,Trees — paul @ 7:09 am
Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

This is the uncommon yellow counterpart to the showy red pohutukawa (metrosideros excelsa) that is starting to flower everywhere (shown in the post of November 30). The yellow variety (metrosideros excelsa aurea) was first discovered on Motiti Island (near Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty) in 1940, but is now more widespread and available in plant centres. The tree shown here is on West Coast Road, Kelston, at the corner with Clayburn Road.

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

March 17, 2010

Painted Boxes: NZ’s First Automobile

Filed under: Art,Kelston,Painted Boxes — paul @ 7:31 am
Cecil Wood's motorcar

Cecil Wood's motorcar

We take a quick break from our pictures of Pasifika 2010 and pursue our Wednesday theme of painted boxes. This box by Doug Ford (2006) is in Great North Road, Kelston (map). It commemorates Cecil Wood (1874-1965), who built the first automobile in New Zealand, about 1897 (the box says 1898, but this has been overpainted to read 1897, and in other sources I have seen 1896, let’s not be too pedantic about the date – the link above dates the car at 1901, a sequel of various two- and three-wheeled contraptions). A photograph not unlike what we see above (showing Cecil Wood in his third automobile, ca 1910) is held in the National Library of New Zealand.

There used to be another box by Doug Ford at the intersection of Great North and Portage Roads, New Lynn (map), referring to Cecil Wood’s first car. But unfortunately the imagery has given way to a bureaucratic shade of grey/green (Added 24/03/10: Julie Nash, Community Arts Coordinator, Watakere City, informed me that the cabinet fell victim to a road accident). Here is a picture of what used to be there:

First Motorcar

First Motorcar

Doug Ford has a muralsblog of his own. (Thanks to Timespanner for the link.)

Read more about Doug Ford at The Big Idea or at Wall Gallery, Ponsonby.