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).
May 6, 2014
February 23, 2014
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.
August 1, 2012
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.
“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. ”
Some history of the Ken Maunder Park by Phil Hanson can be found on the Timespanner’s blog.
July 19, 2011
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.
June 29, 2011
This transformer box stands in Daphne Street, Kelston, and is covered in patterns of the Pacific. Painter unknown (to me).
June 15, 2011
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.
May 27, 2011
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!
December 2, 2010
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.
March 17, 2010
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: