Hereford Street Mural
The Ponsonby water reservoir spans across a whole block between Hereford Street and Ponsonby Road – a great opportunity for mural art. This is the Hereford Street front: from a distance you notice the shape of a sea creature, but as you come closer, the image resolves into a network of houses joined by ladders and roads. I tried unsuccessfully to invent a story which would connect it all — just have to enjoy!
More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.
Hereford Street Mural
London Plane Trees
Victoria Park is surrounded by these majestic London plane trees. Planted more than 100 years ago when the park was created. In summer a leafy dome, in winter impressive architecture of the branches.
Dots under the Viaduct
The pillars supporting the Victoria Park Viaduct are decorated with circular dots in various colours. (The colour of the beams is best described as “dirty”.)
On the streets of Freemans Bay.
Honey Bees, Victoria Park (pars pro toto)
No, I did not count them, not even the ones in the top picture… I am relying on the number given in the writeup about The Park. The Park is one of the works featuring under the POP banner: created by Alt Group as part of an artists’ collective to generate creativity, fun, and new experiences in Auckland.
The concept of this display is due to artists Sarah Smuts-Kennedy and Taarati Taiaroa, executed through Beezthingz, with the blessing of Auckland Council.
A hexagon has been roped off and six bench hives placed in the centre of the grassed area along Beaumont Street, next to the skate park and opposite of the BikeLab. The bees are going about their business (since May, and still busy even on the cold but sunny day last week when I visited). People pass by, look at the work, read the information signs, and think beautiful thoughts about bees (how we would be starving without them, how they are endangered, how we can help by planting bee-friendly plants – Pollen Hotels- and creating corridors).
And in the unlikely event that you get stung, epipens are available at the BikeLab and around the corner at the ecostore, 1 Scotland Street.
Bench Hives, Victoria Park
Hives and Onlookers
Parallelepiped is the name given to a polyhedron with six faces, all of which are parallelograms. In architecture it is rare to see parallelepipeds whith angles that are not right angles. But here is an example, sitting in Victoria Park, disguising a more boring box. The structure is part of the fire and rescue facilities at the Victoria Park Tunnel.
(And the bone dry lawns are witness to the drought that brings us endless fine weather, together with big problems for agriculture.)
Fire Control Room
Next to the Skate Park at Beaumont Street there is this cubic structure. It contains all that is necessary in case a fire breaks out in the Victoria Tunnel nearby.
More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!
London Plane Trees
London plane trees surround the vast sports grounds and playing fields of Victoria Park in Freemans Bay. In the 19th century, the waters of the Waitemata Harbour reached another 50 or so meters to the left in this picture. But a major reclamation project, completed early last century produced the level areas of Victoria Park and the marine precinct of the Wynyard Quarter. These beautiful trees date back to the opening of the park.
Irrigation at the playing fields of the Grafton United Cricket Club, Victoria Park
Waiatarau (Lenard Phillips)
A $1 million skate board and BMX course opened at Beaumont Street in October 2011. It incorporates two pou (Maori carvings in the form of poles), one named Waiatarau, carved by Lenard Phillips, and the other Te Mau Mahara, carved by Lee Ralph – the latter aptly clutching a skateboard, updating traditional shapes.
Quoting from Auckland City Harbour News:
Artist Lenard Philips, who created the first piece, says the area was once a busy fishing spot where shellfish were gathered.
“The waka represents the means by which we gathered our kai.”
Fellow artist Lee Ralph created the latter piece and is proud to have his work on display.
“Maori art is my new passion and skating is my old one so I’ve been able to bring them together. I’m so stoked.”
See some of the action on the Auckland City Harbour News (scroll down for videos).
Te Mau Mahara (Lee Ralph)