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

June 21, 2016

The Tui at CEAC

Filed under: Art,Birds,Henderson,Walls — paul @ 8:26 am
Tui on the wall

Tui on the wall

On the mural/graffiti wall at Corban Estate Arts Centre, Henderson, The tui (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae) is a bird endemic to New Zealand. Equally at home in the bush and in urban/suburban parks and gardens.

Unidentified artist.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

June 17, 2016

Polar Bears

Filed under: Advertisements,Art,City — paul @ 11:41 am
Polar Bear

Polar Bear

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).

Family Outing

Family Outing

Baby Bear

Baby Bear

April 19, 2016

Balancing Act?

Filed under: Art,Newmarket,Not West,Walls — paul @ 7:32 am
Balancing Act?

Balancing Act?

Nuffield Lane, Newmarket, is a veritable gallery of street art. Here an item by BMD – with the inscription “Nuffield YGB” (Young, Gifted and Broke).

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

April 3, 2016

Knit One, Purl One

Filed under: Art — paul @ 7:05 am
Lonnie Hutchinson, Wikitoria's Room (Detail)

Lonnie Hutchinson, Wikitoria’s Room (Detail)

In this work from 2001, Lonnie Hutchinson uses builder’s paper to reference the victorian tradition of women making lace, integrating and contrasting it with maori idioms and patterns of woven panels. Auckland Art Gallery.

Lonnie Hutchinson, Wikitoria's Room

Lonnie Hutchinson, Wikitoria’s Room

March 20, 2016

Interactive

Filed under: Art,Onehunga,People — paul @ 9:07 am
Dome and Entrance Way

Dome and Entrance Way

A tent and skeleton building had sprung up at Taumanu Reserve by the boat ramp last Friday: an Interactive Art Installation “Flagging Hope” from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 March. The idea to express your hope(s) on a small flag which is then attached to the strings of the building – hopefully all aflutter by Sunday afternoon. Juanita had all the materials: felt pens, paints and brushes, linen flags, and even a bag of lollies for bribes…

Angie Joy, Stella, and Juanita

Angie Joy, Stella, and Juanita

Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain

Sunday Afternoon

Sunday Afternoon

March 19, 2016

Piwakawaka Fusion (Rose Petterson)

Filed under: Art,Birds,Black and White,sculpture — paul @ 7:01 am
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)

March 15, 2016

Kotare Te Atatu (The Dawn Kingfishers)

Filed under: Art,sculpture,Te Atatu — paul @ 7:03 am
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)

March 6, 2016

Eyelet (Rebecca Rose)

Filed under: Art,sculpture,Te Atatu — paul @ 8:45 am
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.

March 5, 2016

Manu Hangarua (Todd Sheridan)

Filed under: Art,sculpture,Te Atatu — paul @ 10:05 am
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.

March 4, 2016

Sculpture in the Gardens

Filed under: Art,sculpture — paul @ 8:17 am
To the End of Love (LLew Summers)

To the End of Love (LLew Summers)

Sculpture in the Gardens at the Auckland Botanic Gardens is coming to an end this Sunday, March 6. We remembered just in time to have a look. Here two samples of beautiful work.

Titipounamu -- A Necklace With Lost Gems (Bing Dawe)

Titipounamu — A Necklace With Lost Gems (Bing Dawe)

Titipounamu -- A Necklace With Lost Gems (Bing Dawe)

Titipounamu — A Necklace With Lost Gems (Bing Dawe)

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