On the prowl at Aotea Square. An ice rink (and ice slide) is opening today on Aotea Square, complete with polar bears, penguins and seals (the latter were not installed yet when I came past a few days ago – made by Rawstorne Studios).
June 17, 2016
July 26, 2015
Yesterday was a day of open heritage loos: the Auckland Council has identified five public toilets as suitable for redevelopment, and is seeking ideas and expressions of interest in order to “rejuvenate these city locations, restore and celebrate heritage buildings, and generate a rental income for Auckland Council“. (These aims listed, I presume, in increasing order of importance.)
Three of them were open for inspection yesterday (none of them are in operation any more): the island corner of Market Place and Sturdee Street, the underground male toilet in Customs Street outside the Galleria, and the underground female toilet in Wellesley Street opposite of the Library. (The remaining two are Sandringham and Kingsland, both in art deco style, and shown on this blog earlier on.)
A fine cultural history of Auckland’s heritage toilets, entitled “Caught Short”, can be found on the Auckland Council website.
September 29, 2013
“Here Now – Re-imagining New Lynn” is an event which will surrender presently empty (too new or too old) retail space of New Lynn to second-year students of the School of Architecture and Planning of the University of Auckland. “The installations will recall this suburb’s rich cultural, social and industrial heritage as well as imagining its future.” Spaces stretching out along the Totara Avenue shared zone.
Part of Auckland Heritage Festival.
Thu 10 Oct, 6:00pm–10:00pm
Fri 11 Oct, 10:00am–8:00pm
Sat 12 Oct, 10:00am–6:00pm
Sun 13 Oct, 10:00am–5:00pm
November 27, 2012
On a train journey to the city, I noticed this hand beside the railway line (Haultain Street, Eden Terrace). It turns out that it belongs to Bootleg Design, creators of themed interiors, 3D models, sets and props. From their website:
“Looking to make an impact with your visual display, advertising shoot, interactive exhibition or retail / entertainment centre? Or perhaps you need ‘ice’ that never melts, a piece of ‘chocolate’ 2 metres by 4 metres or a 3-dimensional sign promoting your products or company? Look no further.”
This hand is actually made of some kind of plastic, with a surface treatment imitating rust.
November 26, 2012
A long overdue integrated ticketing system (the HOP card) for Auckland’s public transport made its appearance a month ago. Here are pictures of some of the publicity at New Lynn station. So far, the HOP card is operational on trains, ferries are about to follow, and buses will come next year.
October 9, 2012
Some of our buses are covered in butterflies, spring must be on the way! (Advertisement for a certain loyalty card.)
July 3, 2012
Seen at the Albany Mega Centre. (Resene is a paint company — “the paint professionals use”, maybe wearing high heels?)
September 27, 2011
Without sponsorship there would probably be no major events. Sponsorship, on the other hand, seems to involve humourless and draconian rules designed to support the misconception that the world begins and ends with the sponsor’s product. At least at the Rugby World Cup.
I enjoyed the above advertisement taking the mickey out of one of the biggest sponsors (“worldwide partner” to use the correct term). On QEII Square, right next to “Party Central”.
July 25, 2011
I thought that these are bought by the sh**load rather then by the kilogram – but here we are. Just north of Kumeu, kind of horse country, yet this sign is at an orchard. No, they are not diversifying into the fertiliser business, rather a case of “apples to apples” (if you have horses; but pigs, rabbits, poultry, and more, all seem to enjoy unsold apples from last year).
May 8, 2011
Purfex are manufacturers of mannequins, located in the Rosebank industrial quarter at 15-17 Fremlin Place. Their sign brings a bit of glamour into the area. Check out their brag page, quite impressive!
For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.