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Category: Britomart

Getting Wet

Getting Wet

Getting Wet

Fun at the Pop Jet fountain on Takutai Square, Britomart.

And I nearly forgot: it is five years now since auckland-west first appeared, with daily pictures (and the occasional temporary absence…).

Five Years Ago - still blossoming

Five Years Ago – still blossoming

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday!

Auckland’s Britomart Transport Centre celebrated its tenth birthday yesterday. As it happened, we took the grandchildren on a train trip to the city, where signs of festivities greeted us. We were a bit late for the cake which Mayor Len Brown apparently served up to commuters, what a pity!

Arcs of Balloons

Arcs of Balloons

HOP

Way to move, Auckland!

Way to move, Auckland!

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.

HOP Card Emblazoned on Escalator

HOP Card Emblazoned on Escalator

Don't Forget!

Don't Forget!

Timeline

Timeline

Helpful Helpdesk at Britomart

Helpful Helpdesk at Britomart

Dancing in Tyler Street

Dancers

Dancers

This mural in subtle colours is in Tyler Street, where a whole new classy shopping environment has emerged. I wonder if before long the boards here will give way to another plate glass shop window.

The artwork is unsigned, and a bit further along is a piece about city life, painted onto the brick wall. Maybe remnants of the Lost Playgrounds Event of 2011.

“Walking along I pass a bus stop.
A woman is sitting on the edge
of the seat gazing straight
ahead. She doesn’t seem to be
looking at anything in particular.
As I get nearer I can hear her
humming a single high pitched
note. A man is also waiting and
looks at her sideways, he looks
disapproving. As I pass her I
realise what she is doing. She
is humming the sound of the city.

P.C The Pleasure Corp”

Cone and Sphere

Cone and Sphere

Cone and Sphere

Looking up into one of the light shafts of the Britomart station as seen in the preceding two posts.

Te Ara Tahuhu Walking Street

Te Ara Tahuhu Walking Street

Te Ara Tahuhu Walking Street

Looking from Atrium on Takutai towards the Britomart Transport Centre. This pedestrian precinct is the roof of the underground Britomart railway station, and the truncated cones along the way are the light shafts that can be seen in yesterday’s picture.

Trivia of the day: a truncated cone such as here is called a “frustum of a cone” (often wrongly called “frustrum”).

Waiting

Britomart Station

Britomart Station

The Britomart train station offers no end of opportunities and challenges to the photographer.

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

Louvre Windows

Britomart Reflections

Britomart Reflections

Part of the Britomart Transport Centre is a giant glass cube with louvred windows. Here the slanted panes give a tilt to the reflections of the Rabobank Tower (left) and The Quay building.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

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

Vertical Gardens

Gardens at Atrium on Takutai

Gardens at Atrium on Takutai

The Atrium on Takutai has two vertical gardens, one at either end between the mirror glass facades facing the hall. Beautiful fresh green, and on the picture below you can see their gardeners at wotrk. How do they cope with the infinite workload that confronts them should they look left or right into the mirrors?

Working in the Garden

Working in the Garden

Birds in the Park(ing Building)

Six: Saddleback -- Tieke

Six: Saddleback -- Tieke

Britomart Car Park welcomes you (inside and outside) with avian art by Flox (Hayley King). For every floor, a different bird, two versions and a reduced design in the staircase. Gorgeous!

From top to bottom: Saddleback Tieke, Falcon Karearea, Fantail Piwakawaka, Tui, Takahe, Huia.

Five: Falcon -- Karearea

Five: Falcon -- Karearea

Four: Fantail -- Piwakawaka

Four: Fantail -- Piwakawaka

Three: Tui

Three: Tui

Two: Takahe

Two: Takahe

Welcome to Britomart Carpark: Huia

Welcome to Britomart Carpark: Huia

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