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Painted Boxes: Monarchs and Sunflowers (Dan Mills)

Monarchs and Sunflowers (Dan Mills)

Monarchs and Sunflowers (Dan Mills)

This cheerful utility box by Dan Mills is outside 316 Blockhouse Bay Road, Avondale.

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Painted Boxes: Children’s Scenes (Dan Mills)

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

Painted Boxes: Massey Rugby (Dan Mills)

Massey Rugby (Dan Mills)

Massey Rugby (Dan Mills)

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This painted transformer is the work of Dan Mills. It is situated in Granville Drive, Massey East. Opposite of this box are the club facilities and playing grounds of the Massey Rugby Club, and Moire Park.

Massey Rugby (Dan Mills)

Massey Rugby (Dan Mills)

Sunnyvale Rail Bridge (Dan Mills)

Sunnyvale Rail Bridge (Dan Mills)

Sunnyvale Rail Bridge (Dan Mills)

In the course of upgrading the Auckland-Waitakere railway line, a number of big construction works got undertaken. The crossing of the Oratia Stream (two bridges, one for each track) incorporates pedestrian and cycle paths at the Sunnyvale station. The bridges are nondescript concrete structures, but the murals by Dan Mills (featured in this blog in connection with painted boxes) lift them a bit out of the ordinary.

The panel shown below has the inscription:

“Mural painted March 2010 by Dan + Bart, with assistance from … Hoani Waititi MaraeSunnyvale Primary SchoolBruce McLaren Intermediate School, and Waitakere City Council.”

Sunnyvale Rail Bridge (Dan Mills)

Sunnyvale Rail Bridge (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: Locomotive

Painted Boxes: Locomotive

Painted Boxes: Locomotive

This cute steam engine (painted, I think, by Dan Mills) graces a utility box in Ranui (intersection Ranui Station Road and Marinich Drive South).

Painted Boxes: NZ Birds

Painted Boxes: NZ Birds (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: NZ Birds (Dan Mills)

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This transformer at the intersection of Triangle Road and Elder Place in Massey (map), was decorated by Dan Mills. It depicts a number of New Zealand native birds (Harrier, Pukeko and NZ Wood Pigeon above, and more as indicated on the captions below, walking counterclockwise around the box).

Tui and Kowhai Flowers

Tui and Kowhai Flowers

Kingfisher, Morepork, Harrier, Pukeko

Kingfisher, Morepork, Harrier, Pukeko

Painted Boxes: Terrace Houses

Painted Boxes: Terrace Houses

Painted Boxes: Terrace Houses

(Wednesday is for painted boxes.)

This box is on Mt Lebanon Lane, Henderson (map), and controls the barriers of the level railway crossing. The houses — rendered with artistic exuberance — seem to be a reference to the terrace houses in Mt Lebanon Lane and the adjacent Winery Way.

The artist is Dan Mills, who has some more work in this blog.

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

In New Zealand and Australia, April 25 is a day of remembrance (Anzac Day). Originating with the ill-fated landing of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) at Gallipoli (Turkey) on April 25, 1915, it is now a day of more general commemoration of those who died in military action.

This oversize box is at the Glenview/Great North Roads corner of Waikumete Cemetery and prominently features the poppies which are sold in the preceding days to raise funds for veterans’ charities. Apart from the poppies (which evoke the World War I battle fields of Flanders), we see soldiers and nurses as well as military hardware. Behind the box in the picture above one can see the cenotaph which is the focal point of the adjacent servicemen’s cemetery. A dawn service by candlelight will take place here at 6 a.m. on Sunday 25 April.

The artwork is by Dan Mills. More work by Dan Mills.

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: Anzac Day (Dan Mills)

Painted Boxes: Spoonbills + Japan

Royal Spoonbills (Dan Mills)

Royal Spoonbills (Dan Mills)

This painted utility box is the work of artist Dan Mills. It is on railway land on the northern exit of Henderson station, between the staff car park of Waitakere Central and the western branch of Railside Avenue (map) – not all that easy to spot. Looking over from Railside Avenue we see a pair of Royal Spoonbills, pictured above. Royal spoonbills (Platalea regia, Kotuku Ngutu Papa) come to the Auckland region during the winter months, at which time I have seen them in various places around the Manukau Harbour or the Firth of Thames, but also at Western Springs, which is almost in the city. They breed mainly in the South Island, notably at Okarito.

The other sides of the box show a Japanese-inspired garden theme, no doubt echoing the Japanese Garden adjacent to the Waitakere Central administration building. This garden was a gift of Waitakere City’s sister city Kakogawa (1997). Originally the garden was established at the old Council premises in Waipareira Avenue, but when Waitakere City Council moved in 2006, the garden moved with it, a peaceful place beside the council building, with formal gardens, seating, and water features.

Japanese Inspired Scene (Dan Mills)

Japanese Inspired Scene (Dan Mills)

Visit Dan Mills’ website. He has done more murals and painted boxes in Auckland and other places.

Read more about the Japanese garden.

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