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

July 6, 2015

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Massey,pou,sculpture — paul @ 7:15 am
Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Each of the approaches to the Huruhuru Creek bridge on Triangle Road (Henderson/Massey) are decorated with a row of pou (poles), and a pair of guardians in the shape of a boat closest to the bridge. Salvaged totara logs and aluminium. Carved by Whare Thomson.

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

Te Ao Whanui (Whare Thompson 2012)

June 26, 2015

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Filed under: Art,New Lynn,sculpture — paul @ 7:05 am
Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

This work by Gregor Kregar consists of four cloud-like forms arranged between Totara Health and the McCrae Way carpark in New Lynn’s Merchant Quarter. It illuminates a narrow alleyway leading from the library to the New Lynn Train Station. A lot of discussion was had when the sculpture first appeared, centering on the phallic aspects of the piece and on the budget.

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

Transit Cloud (Gregor Kregar 2015)

May 15, 2015

Guardian Dog (Barry Brickell 1989)

Filed under: Art,sculpture — paul @ 7:08 am
Guardian Dog (Barry Brickell 1989)

Guardian Dog (Barry Brickell 1989)

Te Uru Contemporary Gallery is hosting an exhibition of pottery covering over 60 years of work by Barry Brickell (His Own Steam: A Barry Brickell Survey). This terracotta piece is entitled “Guardian Dog”.

Guardian Dog (Barry Brickell 1989)

Guardian Dog (Barry Brickell 1989)

April 12, 2015

The King!

Filed under: Mount Roskill,sculpture,Smile — paul @ 8:36 am
930 Dominion Road

930 Dominion Road

A bit worse for wear, admittedly, but unmistakable. Here he stands with the back against the wall — but on occasions he ventures out on the footpath. Dominion Road at its best.

April 3, 2015

Gateway

Filed under: Art,City,sculpture — paul @ 7:06 am
Waharoa (Detail)

Waharoa (Detail)

The entrance to the Auckland Council Building in Albert Street is marked by this beautifully carved lintel, superimposing a traditional Maori waharoa (gateway) onto the modern glass and concrete building.

Last July, we saw the carvers at work at Silo 6, very early stages in the process. A beautiful work by a collective of local master carvers.

Waharoa

Waharoa

Waharoa (Detail)

Waharoa (Detail)

Waharoa (Detail)

Waharoa (Detail)

March 11, 2015

Tree (Caroline Rothwell 2003)

Filed under: Art,Mount Albert,sculpture — paul @ 7:08 am
Tree (Caroline Rothwell 2003)

Tree (Caroline Rothwell 2003)

Five metres high and bright red, this sculpture “Tree” by Caroline Rothwell stands at the back of Rocket Park, Mount Albert.

February 10, 2015

Target (James Wright)

Filed under: Art,Not West,sculpture,Waiheke — paul @ 7:48 am
Target (James Wright)

Target (James Wright)

This is one of the sculptures at “headland Sculpture on the Gulf” on Waiheke Island. The artist is James Wright from Clevedon. His “Tree Man” impressed last year at “Sculpture in the Gardens”.

The exhibition on Waiheke will close on Sunday, 15 February.

Target (James Wright)

Target (James Wright)

January 23, 2015

Soom (Seung Yul Oh 2014)

Filed under: Art,City,sculpture — paul @ 8:37 am
Soom (Seung Yul Oh 2014)

Soom (Seung Yul Oh 2014)

This work “Soom” (breath) by Korean-born artist Seung Yul Oh consists of 16 PVC ‘soap bubbles’ (held inflated by a compressor). A close cooperation between artist, designer (John-Troy O’Sullivan) and manufacturer (Fabric Structure Systems). Commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery, supported by Chartwell Trust and Fabric Structure Systems.

I loved the idea and its realisation in the elevated position on the terrace and proximity to the trees, but found the limited space a bit restrictive.

Soom (Seung Yul Oh 2014)

Soom (Seung Yul Oh 2014)

Soom (Seung Yul Oh 2014)

Soom (Seung Yul Oh 2014)

January 21, 2015

Kone Fitu (Fatu Feu’u 2007)

Filed under: Art,sculpture — paul @ 7:09 am
Kone Fitu (Fatu Feu'u 2007)

Kone Fitu (Fatu Feu’u 2007)

These macrocarpa carvings by Fatu Feu’u make quite a statement at the Outdoor Gallery near Auckland Airport (next to Butterfly Creek).

From the website:

Born in 1946 he [Fatu Feu’u] is a revered artist whose work can be found in prestigious public and private collections internationally. Feu’u was appointed Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Award of Merit in 2001. Fatu Feu’u lives between New Zealand and his birth country of Samoa. The artist brings traditional Pasifika art forms and Fa’asamoa ‘the Samoan way’ of respect, reverence and love into a contemporary practice.

In ‘Kone Fitu’, seven macrocarpa totems are incised by hand with symbols referencing ancient motifs found on tapa, tatau, and Lapita pottery. Influenced by Picasso and his admiration of Oceanic and African art, the geometric, multi-faceted shapes and angles of cubism take shape in Feu’u’s carving. These elements are held together by symmetry and repetition; balance is sought and found.

December 17, 2014

Buzzy Bee

Filed under: Muriwai,sculpture — paul @ 7:03 am
Buzzy Bee

Buzzy Bee

Supersized version of an iconic kiwi children’s toy – this decorates the entrance to the Nikau Ridge Bed and Breakfast in Muriwai.

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