Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

August 8, 2016

Orange Sculpture

Filed under: Point Chevalier,sculpture — paul @ 7:06 am
Orange Sculpture

Orange Sculpture

The construction of the Eric Armishaw Boardwalk in Point Chevalier involved a lot of protective fences which shifted to various positions as required. Now near completion of the project, there seems to be some surplus, draped into delightful shapes.

March 8, 2016

Godwits

Filed under: Birds,Point Chevalier — paul @ 7:09 am
Godwits

Godwits

Near Eric Armishaw Reserve, Point Chevalier. It won’t be long before these birds will migrate back to their breeding grounds in Alaska (knots go to Siberia).

While the trip of the godwits from Alaska to NZ is done along the direct non-stop route over water, the return journey has less favorable winds and requires staging points in the Yellow Sea.

Godwits and Knots

Godwits and Knots

November 25, 2015

Beyond the Mangroves

Filed under: Avondale,City,Point Chevalier — paul @ 9:13 am
Beyond the Mangroves

Beyond the Mangroves

A view of Auckland from Patiki Road, near State Highway 16. Mangroves in the foreground, then Point Chevalier and city skyline.

March 17, 2015

Painted Boxes: Bird with Arms (Paul Walsh)

Filed under: Art,Painted Boxes,Point Chevalier — paul @ 7:03 am
Bird with Arms (Paul Walsh)

Bird with Arms (Paul Walsh)

Utility box on Carrington Road, near Unitec. Inscription on the side panel reads: ‘Bird with arms’ by Paul Walsh. This artwork was sponsored by Julia Wehner.

On poking around on the internet I found that in 2013, Paul Walsh ran a crowd funding project through pledge me for 10 utility boxes with a goal of NZ$350 (that’s $35 per box – what a bargain!). Not surprisingly, the target was reached on day 1, the total eventually reaching $1300, promised to yield even more boxes. The reward for a $35 subscription was “Your name in paint”: I will paint ‘this artwork funded by [your name]’ on the side of one of the exchange boxes, as well as sending you a signed sketch. Bam! Now you’re funding public art like a millionaire!

Cool!

Paul Walsh on Facebook.

More murals on Oakland Daily Photos’ Monday Murals.

July 29, 2014

Location Signs: Pt Chev Beach

Filed under: Art,Location Signs,Point Chevalier — paul @ 7:08 am
Location Signs: Pt Chev Beach

Location Signs: Pt Chev Beach

Not your typical roadside sign, this welcome faces the water near the northern end of Point Chevalier Beach.

There is an inscription “Maryanne Papa ’89” (in the letter “V”), but the sign looks much more recent.

July 23, 2014

God Defend …

Filed under: Art,History,Point Chevalier,Walls — paul @ 6:58 am
God Defend New Zealand

God Defend New Zealand

This mural graces a house on Point Chevalier Road. It was created for and used in a 2011 TV documentary by David Ferrier on the history of the New Zealand National Anthem (“God Defend New Zealand” – which replaced “God Save the Queen” in 1972). On the left is a portrait of John Joseph Woods, the composer of the tune, while Thomas Bracken, the author of the words, is on the right.

The mural was created by the Cut Collective.

The house is now a boutique for classy accoutrements, Two Daughters and Friends. Open 24/7 if you shop online, and a very select few hours if you wish to shop in person.

Ending with a quote from the documentary: “The product of an Irishman’s song writing competition during the 1800s, judged by three German guys living in Australia!” The documentary (in several instalments) can be found here (hoping that it’s available outside NZ).

And finally a youtube clip of our national anthem in sign language.

God Defend Two Daughters and Friends

God Defend Two Daughters and Friends

April 19, 2014

Scribbles

Filed under: Black and White,Point Chevalier — paul @ 7:26 am
Scribbles

Scribbles

The sun is scrawling shadows over a wall. Point Chevalier.

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

December 18, 2013

Painted Boxes: Guide Books

Filed under: Art,Painted Boxes,Point Chevalier — paul @ 7:06 am
Guide Books at the Library

Guide Books at the Library

This roadside cabinet stands next to Point Chevalier Library, and depicts a selection of library books to guide you to places near and far.

October 25, 2013

Patupaiarehe

Filed under: Art,Point Chevalier — paul @ 7:02 am
Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)

Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

This arch, carved by Tim Codyre (2009) is found in Coyle Park, Point Chevalier. It tells the legend of Meola Reef, Te Toka Roa. Auckland City with Sky Tower in the background, the mangroves of Meola Reef in mid ground.

The inscription reads:


Patupaiarehe, fairy people, lived in the darkness of Waitakere bush. One night, on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour, two opposing groups were doing battle. The weaker ones tried to escape by building a stone causeway.

They laboured on unaware of the rising sun. The tree limbs sticking out of the lava flow of the reef, Te Toka Roa, are said to be the bones of the Patupaiarehe fairy people, petrified by the sun.

Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)

Arch by Tim Codyre (2009)

October 24, 2013

Meola Reef

Filed under: Point Chevalier — paul @ 7:10 am
Meola Reef from Coyle Park

Meola Reef from Coyle Park

Auckland’s longest lava flow (11km) extends about 2km into the Waitemata Harbour, between Point Chevalier and Westmere. Aged about 28,000 years, it contrasts here with younger landmarks: the Auckland Harbour Bridge (completed 1959 – clip-ons 1969) and the volcanic island of Rangitoto (15th century).

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