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Orangihina, Te Atatu

Orangihina, Te Atatu

Not much of a view last Monday, with low cloud and occasional periods of heavy rainfall (clouds barely clearing Mount Albert in the picture). But the weather is improving and the opening of the Harbourview Sculpture Trail is approaching. Plan a visit, it’s going to be great!

From Saturday 5 March to Monday 28 March 2016. Open daily from 10am-6pm Mon to Thurs, with later Twilight hours every Friday & Saturday till 7.30pm.

Pictures from past events here. Or get a preview on Facebook.

Skyline

Skyline

Skyline

The City Daily Photo theme for August is “My City’s Skyline”. This is Auckland as seen from Te Atatu Peninsula (Harbourview – Orangihina) on a rainy day.

Find pictures of skylines of cities all over the world by clicking here.

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Delicate fantails (piwakawaka) made by Rose Petterson, using 3D printing techniques. There is a whole grove of them at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail in Te Atatu.

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

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Details from a flock of kingfishers at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail. About 15cm high, mounted on kanuka poles of varying lengths, these cast glass sculptures are the work of Fiona Rennie Schwieters. Shown here on a rainy day.

Kotare is the maori name for kingfisher (halcyon sancta), and Te Atatu – the location of the Trail – is translated as “Dawn”.

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Awesome Volunteers

Eddy

Eddy

Eddy and I are currently volunteering at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail, together with many others. The reward: happy visitors, and a T-shirt: “Awesome volunteer”. Awesome!

The Harbourview Sculpture Trail is the flagship activity of the registered charity Peninsula Arts Inc. Funds raised from the Harbourview Sculpture Trail are committed to the sustainability of the event and also support Peninsula Arts Inc.’s vision for a vibrant and creative community in which the arts are celebrated as integral and essential to daily life.

Awesome Volunteer

Awesome Volunteer

Flower Power

Flower Power

Flower Power

Enjoying the Harbourview Sculpture Trail. (There is a sculpture entitled “flowerpower” right behind me – but I got distracted…)

Eyelet (Rebecca Rose)

Eyelet (Rebecca Rose)

Eyelet (Rebecca Rose)

An eyecatching work of impressive scale (stainless steel, 2 metres diameter) at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail in Te Atatu. The artist is Rebecca Rose.

From the catalogue: This sculpture is inspired by water and the beautiful sinuous shapes water creates in our environment. For me, the rivers, lakeshores and twisting coastlines are an ever-evolving art form. This work stands as a reminder to all of us, to care for this precious resource.

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

Manu Hangarua (Todd Sheridan)

Manu Hangarua (Todd Sheridan)

Manu Hangarua (Todd Sheridan)

The Harbourview Sculpture Trail in Te Atatu opens today. Set on a beautiful site with views of Auckland, lush vegetation and fine wetlands.

From Saturday 5 March to Monday 28 March 2016. Open daily from 10am-6pm Mon to Thurs, with later Twilight hours every Friday & Saturday till 7.30pm.

This sculpture “Manu Hangarua” (recycled kite) by Gisborn artist Todd Sheridan has proud position at the top, wetlands in the mid-ground and the receding tide stretching to Auckland City in the distance.

From the catalogue: “Manu Hangarua was inspired by the form of ‘Manu Tukutuku’ or ‘Manu Aute’, two examples of traditional Māori kites. They were flown for leisure, and were also used for spiritual purposes. Given the winds that sweep over this site, the sculpture fits within the kaupapa and context of the land.

How Convenient! #6

At the Harbourview Beach Reserve, Te Atatu

At the Harbourview Beach Reserve, Te Atatu

Harbourview-Orangihina reserve runs along the eastern edge of the Te Atatu peninsula. Relaxed walking along wetlands. Native vegetation and birdlife. A special bird which makes its home here is the Fernbird, Matata, shy and seldom seen (I have not seen one here, presumably for lack of patience). This convenience at the Harbour View Road end, makes reference to the natural environment of the area.

Dawn Awakening (Tim Elliot)

The Eye (Tim Elliot, Dawn Awakening - Detail)

The Eye (Tim Elliot, Dawn Awakening – Detail)

One more item from the Harbourview Sculpture Trail: Tim Elliot’s sculpture “Dawn Awakening” is made from twin wall polycarbonate, aluminium, stainless steel and plywood timber and stands nearly 2.5m high.

Starting from the meaning of the name Te Atatu (Dawn), the artist expands into symbolism:

Dawn Awakening symbolically moulds into shape the coming of light and the arousal of our consciousness through an awakening of senses. The 24 hours before dawn are represented by 24 planes radiating along one axis from right ear to left eye, crossing perpendicularly with planes representing the 24 hours that follow, on an axis oriented from left ear to right eye. The intersection represents the very instant that is dawn.

(From the catalogue notes.)

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

Note: Harbourview Sculpture Trail closed today (15/03/14) due to weather. (Cyclone Lusi or its descendants might come raging…) But on Sunday, 16 March, they will be open, rain or shine.

Tim Elliot, Dawn Awakening

Tim Elliot, Dawn Awakening

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