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Painted Boxes: Children’s Scenes (Dan Mills)

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

This transformer is in Archibald Road, Kelston, outside of Kelston Primary School, by Dan Mills. There is also a large mural by Dan Mills at a nearby wall of the school, but it is currently obstructed by a temporary classroom.

Other public art by Dan Mills on this blog, click here.

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Dan Mills at Kelston Primary School

Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

Look and Listen! (Toby Twiss)

In St Leonards Road Kelston and also in the Kaurilands/Atkinson Roads area, “sculptural gateways” like the ones shown here are found along the roadside. They are the work of Toby Twiss, and the “Town Centre Art” page of the former Waitakere City has this to say:

Artist Toby Twiss was brought in to work with students from the six Kelston schools, to produce a series of sculptural ‘gateways’ into the area. These gateways depict images created by the students relating to speed and road safety. The idea behind these artworks was to help slow traffic down by putting up symbols related to speed and reminding drivers that there are children in the area. They were also conceived as a way of building pride in the area through a community arts project.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Children About! (Toby Twiss)

Children About! (Toby Twiss)

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

This is the uncommon yellow counterpart to the showy red pohutukawa (metrosideros excelsa) that is starting to flower everywhere (shown in the post of November 30). The yellow variety (metrosideros excelsa aurea) was first discovered on Motiti Island (near Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty) in 1940, but is now more widespread and available in plant centres. The tree shown here is on West Coast Road, Kelston, at the corner with Clayburn Road.

Yellow Pohutukawa

Yellow Pohutukawa

Painted Boxes: NZ’s First Automobile

Cecil Wood's motorcar

Cecil Wood's motorcar

We take a quick break from our pictures of Pasifika 2010 and pursue our Wednesday theme of painted boxes. This box by Doug Ford (2006) is in Great North Road, Kelston (map). It commemorates Cecil Wood (1874-1965), who built the first automobile in New Zealand, about 1897 (the box says 1898, but this has been overpainted to read 1897, and in other sources I have seen 1896, let’s not be too pedantic about the date – the link above dates the car at 1901, a sequel of various two- and three-wheeled contraptions). A photograph not unlike what we see above (showing Cecil Wood in his third automobile, ca 1910) is held in the National Library of New Zealand.

There used to be another box by Doug Ford at the intersection of Great North and Portage Roads, New Lynn (map), referring to Cecil Wood’s first car. But unfortunately the imagery has given way to a bureaucratic shade of grey/green (Added 24/03/10: Julie Nash, Community Arts Coordinator, Watakere City, informed me that the cabinet fell victim to a road accident). Here is a picture of what used to be there:

First Motorcar

First Motorcar

Doug Ford has a muralsblog of his own. (Thanks to Timespanner for the link.)

Read more about Doug Ford at The Big Idea or at Wall Gallery, Ponsonby.

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