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Category: Hobsonville

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Noise barriers along State Highway 18 (here near Squadron Drive, Hobsonville): plywood panels on wooden frames, decorated in places with patterns of tyre marks designed by Helensville artist Jeff Thomson. Strong contrast with vegetation.

Orange

Orange

Orange

Orange

Clay Carpet (Matt and Kate McLean)

Matt McLean

Matt McLean

When we showed the Clarks Lane Bridge on an earlier occasion, we showed some of the clay art that is built into the footbridge. I visited recently again, and found that the artwork had expanded, covering some of the northern approach to the bridge. As a bonus, I also encountered Matt McLean who jointly with his wife Kate is the author of the work – applying a surface finish to the work in the picture above. As noted earlier, the area is steeped in clay history, and the artists combine graphic elements and tracks of a plethora of tyres into an interesting story.

Congratulations on the completion of the work, Matt and Kate!

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Clay Carpet, Detail (Matt and Kate McLean)

Clay Carpet, Detail (Matt and Kate McLean)

Clay Carpet, Detail (Matt and Kate McLean)

Clay Carpet, Detail (Matt and Kate McLean)

Clay Carpet, Detail (Matt and Kate McLean)

Clay Carpet, Detail (Matt and Kate McLean)

Kuri Topiary (Steve Woodward, 2007)

Kuri Topiary (Steve Woodward, 2007)

Kuri Topiary (Steve Woodward, 2007)

Steve Woodward‘s dog “Kuri Topiary” seems to have escaped into the open spaces at Hobsonville Point. Last time I saw the 3 meter high sculpture, it was garaged in Steve’s large sculpting shed.

On the way to Hobsonville Market and Hobsonville Point Wharf.

Enquiries to: Hobsonville Land Company – ph 09 2615054 or info@hlc.co.nz

Kuri is the maori word for dog, and the topiary part obviously refers to the leafy structures that were formed into the shape of a dog.

Kuri Topiary (Detail)

Kuri Topiary (Detail)

Hinaki (Eel Trap — Virginia King)

Hinaki (Eel Trap --- Virginia King)

Hinaki (Eel Trap --- Virginia King)

This elegant stainless steel sculpture (5 metres up, 1 metre down) by Virginia King graces the new wharf at Hobsonville Point. The form is inspired by the traditional Maori eel traps.

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Yellow Bridge #3

Clarks Lane Peds and Pedallers Bridge

Clarks Lane Peds and Pedallers Bridge

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The construction of State Highway 18 cut across established neighbourhoods, and Clarks Lane (Hobsonville) with its bridge connects again. It is one of the “art bridges” created under the auspices of Waitakere City Council. The artwork here consisting of a tiled strip (25 cm wide) on either edge of the carriageway, the work of Matt McLean and his wife Kate. Appropriately, the clays used are from the area (names like “Limeburners Bay” remind us of R. O. Clark’s clay pipe manufacture here), and patterns of bicycle tyres, maps with contour lines and isobars, create a focus on history.

A glimpse of the bridge appeared in our post of October 28, 2011, depicting John Radford’s sculpture “Sinton Windows”.

Clarks Lane Bridge Tiles, by Matt and C.J. McLean

Clarks Lane Bridge Tiles, by Matt and C.J. McLean

Clarks Lane Bridge - Tiles Left and Right

Clarks Lane Bridge - Tiles Left and Right

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Windows to the Sky

"Sinton Windows" by John Radford (2010)

"Sinton Windows" by John Radford (2010)

The artwork above leads the eye to the yellow pedestrian/cycle bridge which is an overpass of Clarks Lane across State Highway 18. The work is by local artist John Radford, entitled Sinton Windows. It incorporates windows salvaged from Sinton House.

The Hobsobville Deviation (SH18) connects the Northwestern Motorway (SH16) to the Upper Harbour Bridge. It was opened in August. In the course of its construction, two historic homes (Sinton House and Ockleston House) were demolished, as they could not be relocated.

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