Monique Endt in praise of Oratia – her valley, showing hill and dale, houses and fruit trees. Next to the intersection of West Coast Road and Shaw Road.
More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.
This box in Dominion Road is decorated by way of some photographic process. Showing a tui on a flowering coral tree. Tui are nectar eaters and love these flowers.
As you drive out Henderson Valley Road, you may well encounter riders on horseback along the way. Next to this transformer box (painted by an unnamed artist) is the Henderson Valley Bloodstock and Stables, with the Henderson Valley Pony Club close by.
A welcome to Laingholm has sprung up at the intersection of Huia and Victory Roads, Laingholm. The main panel showing a view of Laingholm Beach, with birdlife and typical bush vegetation.
Another fine example of Flox’s stencil art on utility boxes, here a transformer in Catherine Place, Henderson, enveloped in abundant flowers and birds.
This historically inspired utility box is in Holly Street, Avondale, at the corner with Victor Street. In the 1920’s Mr McCarthy was developing a transport business in Avondale using this early version of a bus, called a charabanc.
The box is unsigned.
The corner of Clark Street and Great North Road in New Lynn is occupied by the Cambridge Clothing Company, an old established manufacturer. In their own words: “We believe in the right of every man to look good in clothes that fit, that flatter, that last.
That’s been our driving force since 1867. By the end of the nineteenth century we’d mastered the art of making clothes well, turning settlers into gentlemen without the Savile Row price tag.”
The boxes on the lawn have been painted by Jeremy Shirley, with a theme that I am tempted to call “Pacific City”, icons of Pacific and urban life, but also containing a nod to the manufacturing heritage with needle, thread, and button.
This pair of utility boxes by an unnamed artist is by the New Lynn railway station, corner Memorial Drive and Totara Avenue. Mythical creatures from different cultural backgrounds: the taniwha commanding respect of natural hazards in Maori tradition, and the dragon symbolising strength and good fortune in Chinese folklore.
Appropriate for the area, as New Lynn has a high proportion of Asian population — yin and yang for balance and harmony.