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

October 31, 2017

Waitakere Brass Band

Filed under: Art,Birds,Music,New Lynn,Walls — paul @ 8:07 am
The Trombonist

The Trombonist

The home of the Waitakere Brass Band is next to the railway line at Olympic Park. A group of fine artists (Nate, Nirvana, Sore, Ezra, Jonny4H, Mandy — Kakano Youth Arts Collective) have covered it in murals, displaying themes of music and nature. Nice work!

Waitakere Brass

Waitakere Brass

Florals and the City

Florals and the City

The Fantail

The Fantail

Pukeko

Pukeko

Tui

Tui

October 22, 2017

Standing Guard

Filed under: Art,Mount Albert,pou — paul @ 5:49 pm
Pou

Pou

The Oakley Creek shared path runs between Unitec and New North Road, Mount Albert. About halfway along is this pou (guardian pole).

June 19, 2017

Comb (Lonnie Hutchinson)

Filed under: Art — paul @ 8:11 pm
Comb (Lonnie Hutchinson)

Comb (Lonnie Hutchinson)

Currently on display at Te Uru in the outside window.

An exhibition of work by Lonnie Hutchinson and Reuben Paterson will open on Saturday, 24 June at 4 p.m., preceded by an artist talk of the artists at 3 p.m.

June 13, 2017

Photorealistic

Filed under: Animals,Art,Avondale,Birds,People,Walls — paul @ 7:02 am
Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

Murals in Avondale by TakerOne, an Auckland based mural artist of Hungarian extraction (“TakerOne Photorealistic Graffiti”). If you follow this link you can watch a time lapse video of the creation of the camouflage girl with dog. Love it.

For more mural art, visit Oakland Daily Photo.

Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

Photorealistic Graffiti by TakerOne

June 5, 2017

Strong

Filed under: Animals,Art,New Lynn,Walls — paul @ 5:28 pm
The Gorilla

The Gorilla

The Strong Factory is a gym in Portage Road, symbols of strength adorn the brick wall.

For more murals, visit Monday Mural at Oakland Daily Photo.

The Lion

The Lion

August 15, 2016

Achy Breaky Heart (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Filed under: Art,Buildings,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 11:32 am
Achy Breaky Heart  (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Achy Breaky Heart (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Waikokota Lane in Aucklands Wynyard Quarter tunnels through between the two blocks of the award-winning ASB building: glass to symbolise the transparency of the bank (yeah, right) and a monumental mural by Michael Parkowhai entitled “Achy Breaky Heart”. This is what the interpretive plaque says about it:

Achy Breaky Heart is a wall of bright, over-sized Cuisenaire rods, stacked upon each other in patterns to create the illusion of movement and rhythm. The rods become lines of colour – connecting, forming partnerships and dancing before your eyes. The glossy surface of Achy Breaky Heart reflects the environment and the surrounding glass reflects the work.

Cuisenaire rods were developed in the 1950s for maths education and each colour has a mathematical unit connected to it. The white rod is 1, the red rod is two, and the orange rod is 10. The title of the work, Achy Breaky Heart, is a nod to Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie Woogie and – of course – to the early 1990s pop song and line dancing.

Michael Parekowhai was born in Porirua and grew up on Auckland’s North Shore. He works in the disciplines of sculpture, installation and photography and is a professor of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland.

August 14, 2016

Real Art Roadshow

Filed under: Art,Uncategorized — paul @ 7:03 am
Real Art Roadshow

Real Art Roadshow

Walking through the Wesley Market on Friday, it was impossible to overlook the big truck and trailer unit by the community hall. The Real Art Roadshow has been traveling the length and breadth of the country for nearly 10 years now, bringing original art to schools and (occasionally) to the general public. A collection of original work by top contemporary artists (say 1960 onwards), courtesy of the Real Art Charitable Trust.

This initiative is now coming to an end, and the collection is up for auction at Art and Object on November 1. (I hope the Real Art Roadshow website will remain, such a great collection of images and writings!). The Roadshow website is hoping for a buyer of the project in order to continue the initiative.

The last photo shows artist Paul Forrest (a Roadshow Director) with one of his own works that he brought out of a hiding place in the ceiling of the truck: a collaborative work with photographer Derek Tearne. – Nice meeting you, Paul, thanks for the conversation.

The schedule of school visits (and some slots for public viewing) is on Facebook.

In the photo of the gallery, you can see work by Harvey Benge, Joana Braithwaite. Mark Braunias, Phillip Clairmont, Bill Culbert, Judy Daragh, Don Driver, Gary Freemantle, Megan Hansen-Knarhol, Jeffrey Harris, Michael Illingworth, Saskia Leek, Richard McWhanell, Peter Robinson, Angela Singer, Richard Stratton, Ricky Swallow, Phillip Trusttum, Greer Twiss, Harry Watson – to give an idea of the scope of the show.

Serious Truck!

Serious Truck!

Gallery

Gallery

Paul Forrest

Paul Forrest

August 9, 2016

Butterflies

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Walls — paul @ 7:04 am
Butterfly

Butterfly

Mural by the Kakano Youth Arts Collective at the Corban Estate Arts Centre in Henderson.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Butterflies

Butterflies

July 19, 2016

Kakano Project Henderson

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Walls — paul @ 7:04 am
Stevies Lane, Henderson

Stevies Lane, Henderson

A big wall at PB Technology had the Kakano treatment. A collaboration between Unitec and Corban Estate Arts Centre aiming at reducing graffiti vandalism – channeling creative energies in positive ways.

Artists: Berst, Nayls, Rachel.

Watch a video of this (September 2015).

Stevies Lane, Henderson

Stevies Lane, Henderson

July 12, 2016

Bargains, Fabrics, Haberdashe….

Filed under: Art,Mount Eden,Walls — paul @ 9:52 am
Bargains, Fabrics, Haberdashery

Bargains, Fabrics, Haberdashery

Colourful mural at Geoffs Emporium, Dominion Road.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

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