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

April 8, 2016

Higher and Higher

Filed under: Buildings,Grey Lynn,Ponsonby — paul @ 8:37 am
Higher and Higher

Higher and Higher

The former “So-Hole” is filled in, and buildings going up, here assembled from precast concrete panels.

May 22, 2015

POP Plinths

Filed under: Festivals,People,Ponsonby — paul @ 9:06 am
Three Tongan Creatives

Three Tongan Creatives

I was near the top of Ponsonby Road yesterday, when I spotted the plinths and performers (as well as some Council staffers as well as Ali Ikram from TV3’s “Campbell Live”). Auckland Council and Waitemata Local Board are keeping the population amused (some more and some less so) with a bit of POP Foolery. This is POP Project 13: “An installation of plinths will invite you to be a living sculpture in your own neighbourhood. Strike a pose, burst into song, stand on one leg, and take your rightful place.

Apart from #popplinths there is also #poppercussion #wordpop #poppingpong #popfoolery . Enjoy while it lasts. Locations vary. The idea seems to be to engage the community in unexpected fun in unexpected places.

Watch video of Campbell Live about POP. Or check them out on Facebook.

There were not many people about when I came past the action yesterday. But you can see that every man and their dog participated in the frolicking.

20 POP Plinths

20 POP Plinths

April 8, 2015

Coffee in the Park

Filed under: People,Ponsonby — paul @ 7:01 am
Western Park, Ponsonby

Western Park, Ponsonby

Relaxing in Western Park.

March 4, 2014

World

Filed under: Art,Colours,Painted Boxes,Ponsonby — paul @ 7:04 am
World

World

Colourful shop, corner Ponsonby Road and Picton Street. Little girls with ice creams (and old codgers without) stay outside.

Utility box painted by Doug Ford 2014.

Enjoy! (Doug Ford, 2014)

Enjoy! (Doug Ford, 2014)

December 28, 2012

Three Lamps

Filed under: History,Ponsonby,Uncategorized — paul @ 6:52 am
Three Lamps Replica, Ponsonby

Three Lamps Replica, Ponsonby

In the 1870’s a lamp post with three gas lights was erected in the middle of the intersection of Ponsonby, Jervois, College Hill and St Marys roads. And the area became known as “Three Lamps”. In the 1930’s, the 11 meters high pole was moved to the corner by what was later to become the Gluepot (a pub), but soon that disappeared, and three lamps were placed on the verandah of the hotel, above the footpath. The name lives on, and is still current in shop names, and another reincarnation of three lamps is found inside the Three Lamps Plaza.

In August of this year, a replica of the old tall lamp post was erected again, next to the former Gluepot. For more of the history, see an article in the Aucklander.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Three Lamps on former Gluepot

Three Lamps on former Gluepot

Three Lamps inside Three Lamps Plaza

Three Lamps inside Three Lamps Plaza

November 23, 2012

“il etait une fois…”

Filed under: Art,Buildings,Ponsonby,Walls — paul @ 6:50 am
South of France in Ponsonby

South of France in Ponsonby

That’s how fairytales start in French, and it is the inscription on the facade of this house which transplants the viewer into the South of France with its trompe-l’œil painting facing the carpark beside. Even the street address got its French translation. The painter is identified as “troubadour.ink”, with two phone numbers which are not current. My attempts to elicit something more about the background have been unsuccessful.

Pompallier Terrace is named after Jean Baptiste Pompallier (1802–1871), the first catholic bishop of Auckland, an early missionary who arrived in the country in 1838.

Blue sky in the mural, blue sky above as well. More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

il était une fois...

il était une fois...

8 Pompallier Terrace, Ponsonby

8 Pompallier Terrace, Ponsonby

November 5, 2012

Two Pebble Mosaics in Ponsonby

Filed under: Art,Ponsonby — paul @ 6:50 am
Pebble Mosaic (Mark Davidson)

Pebble Mosaic (Mark Davidson)

Pebble Mosaic (Mark Davidson)

Pebble Mosaic (Mark Davidson)

Pebble sculptures are not exactly common. All the more unusual then, that we find two of them within close proximity near the top end of Ponsonby Road, at Western Park. The first one, marking the entrance to the park, and occupying the entire footpath and more, is entitled “Pebble Mosaic” and made by Mark Davidson.

The second one is within the park, on the left as you walk down, forming a platform. It is by John Botica, entitled “Across the Cultures”.

We have shown two more of John Botica’s pebble mosaics here and here.

More about pebble sculptures can be found on Maggy Howarth’s website.

Across the Cultures (John Botica)

Across the Cultures (John Botica)

Across the Cultures (John Botica)

Across the Cultures (John Botica)

March 28, 2012

Six Sandwiches Till Marmageddon

Filed under: Hands,People,Ponsonby,Smile — paul @ 7:05 am
MMMMM for Marmageddon?

MMMMM for Marmageddon?

At Douglas + Bec on the Urbis Design Day, the catering was in the hands of Cool Food. When I approached the table I witnessed the last Marmite sandwiches disappearing as if they were going out of fashion – which of course they are. Newspapers reported about the impending “Marmageddon“, a shortage of the iconic Kiwi spread Marmite (due to the Christchurch earthquake the only production facility is out of action).

I said I “witnessed” the disappearing act – it would have been cruel to partake of the delicacy as an unappreciative outsider, not having acquired the taste in more than 40 years. I was more than compensated by delicious beef sandwiches and yummy chocolate brownies …

February 18, 2012

Self Portrait in Ponsonby

Filed under: Ponsonby,Reflections,Smile — Tags: — paul @ 7:01 am
How to Make Friends?

How to Make Friends?

(Me and) the Three Lamps end of Ponsonby Road reflected in the rear end of an SUV. They might be pretty good at whatever it is they are doing, but diplomacy does not seem to be their speacialty.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

October 2, 2011

At the Cafe

Filed under: Black and White,People,Ponsonby — paul @ 7:01 am
A Table by the Window

A Table by the Window

Last weekend in Ponsonby.

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

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