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Category: Parks

Semicircle

At Balmoral Heights Reserve

At Balmoral Heights Reserve

Colourful centre of a semicircular park bench at Balmoral Heights Reserve, Mount Eden.

Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride

This colourful learn-to-ride circuit is just behind the Avondale shops, and adjacent to the Avondale Racecourse. Whoever designed it obviously had a lot of fun, and I hope that it is finding good use. When I came through (in the morning, school time) I had the place to myself (but no bike) – not a realistic introduction to the gridlock that is Auckland traffic…

Many thanks to Vince Middeldorp, location scout extraordinaire!

Learn to Ride

Learn to Ride

Mainly Green

Harold Moody Park

Harold Moody Park

Harold Moody Park in Glen Eden is home of the Glenora Bears Rugby League club. I drove past long after the match, and after-match, had finished…

Long shadows and gum trees. At a pinch, this picture also qualifies as a selfie.

Basque Park

Basque Park, Eden Terrace

Basque Park, Eden Terrace

This is a very attractive open space in Eden Terrace. The park in its present form was created about ten years ago, designed by landscape architect Ted Smyth. Plantings of nikau palms and circular arrangements of stone make for visual interest. The five rocks incorporated in the water feature symbolise the five stars of the constellation of the Southern Cross.

Water Feature

Water Feature

Hand in Hand (John Lyall, 2001)

Hand in Hand (John Lyall 2001)

Hand in Hand (John Lyall 2001)

This paired sculpture by John Lyall (2001) is at the Te Atatu roundabout, next to the Möbius Gate by the same artist. Laser cut in mild steel, and galvanised. The two parts are on opposite sides of the footpath. (I am grateful to Mark Osborne, Senior Arts Project Coordinator Waitakere City Council, for information about this work.)

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

Pah Homestead

Pah Homestead from the Park

Pah Homestead from the Park

This is the Pah Homestead, the new home of the TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre mentioned in yesterday’s post. Built between 1877 and 1879 for the Auckland businessman James Williamson as ‘gentleman’s residence’, it was one of the largest houses of the period. An impressive mansion, housing an impressive collection of contemporary New Zealand art. All this surrounded by Monte Cecilia Park.

(More information on the website.)

Pah Homestead, Detail

Pah Homestead, Detail

 
View towards East

View towards East

Peaceful Western Springs

Smooth as a Mirror: Western Springs

Smooth as a Mirror: Western Springs

A couple of days ago I showed an “almost reflection“. This is an example of a fully-fledged reflection in one of the ponds at Western Springs. A still day.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.

Olympic Park: Hinaki (Eel Trap)

Olympic Park: Hinaki

Olympic Park: Hinaki

This is quite a big sculpture in glistening stainless steel, situated in Olympic Park, between the bridge and the pou whenua. Hinaki is the Maori word for eel trap, and the streams (Whau and Avondale streams) bordering and crossing Olympic Park would have been places to set traps (rather more modestly sized). The work is a design by Antonia Walmsley and Bill McKay, constructed by Murray Couling (at least that is my interpretation of the plaque, reproduced below).

The Plaque

The Plaque

Olympic Park: Bridge

Olympic Park: Bridge

Olympic Park: Bridge

This elegant bridge over the Avondale Stream (Wai Tahurangi) in Olympic Park was engineered by URS Corporation on the basis of the artistic vision of local sculptor Steve Woodward. Putting it in place under the high tension wires was a challenge, described in a press release by URS.

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