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

August 14, 2016

Real Art Roadshow

Filed under: Art,Uncategorized — paul @ 7:03 am
Real Art Roadshow

Real Art Roadshow

Walking through the Wesley Market on Friday, it was impossible to overlook the big truck and trailer unit by the community hall. The Real Art Roadshow has been traveling the length and breadth of the country for nearly 10 years now, bringing original art to schools and (occasionally) to the general public. A collection of original work by top contemporary artists (say 1960 onwards), courtesy of the Real Art Charitable Trust.

This initiative is now coming to an end, and the collection is up for auction at Art and Object on November 1. (I hope the Real Art Roadshow website will remain, such a great collection of images and writings!). The Roadshow website is hoping for a buyer of the project in order to continue the initiative.

The last photo shows artist Paul Forrest (a Roadshow Director) with one of his own works that he brought out of a hiding place in the ceiling of the truck: a collaborative work with photographer Derek Tearne. – Nice meeting you, Paul, thanks for the conversation.

The schedule of school visits (and some slots for public viewing) is on Facebook.

In the photo of the gallery, you can see work by Harvey Benge, Joana Braithwaite. Mark Braunias, Phillip Clairmont, Bill Culbert, Judy Daragh, Don Driver, Gary Freemantle, Megan Hansen-Knarhol, Jeffrey Harris, Michael Illingworth, Saskia Leek, Richard McWhanell, Peter Robinson, Angela Singer, Richard Stratton, Ricky Swallow, Phillip Trusttum, Greer Twiss, Harry Watson – to give an idea of the scope of the show.

Serious Truck!

Serious Truck!

Gallery

Gallery

Paul Forrest

Paul Forrest

April 4, 2016

The Observer

Filed under: Uncategorized — paul @ 2:43 pm
Purple Rock Crab

Purple Rock Crab

As you hop over the rocks at the bottom of Cornwallis peninsula, there is activity all around you: crabs scampering off into crevices, keeping a close eye on your every move. Purple Rock Crab.

Purple Rock Crab

Purple Rock Crab

March 3, 2016

Artist and Model?

Filed under: Art,People,Titirangi,Uncategorized — paul @ 8:21 am
Doug Ford

Doug Ford

Doug Ford enjoys the extra space beside his gazebo at last Sunday’s Titirangi Market. A regular at the market, he is well-known on this blog for his public art in the form of murals and decorated utility boxes. Always a cheerful word when we meet.

May 19, 2015

Kowhai Butterflies (Kate Millington 2015)

Filed under: Art,Eden Terrace,Uncategorized,Walls — paul @ 7:01 am
Kowhai Butterflies (Kate Millington 2015)

Kowhai Butterflies (Kate Millington 2015)

What used to be a bare expanse of a concrete retaining wall has been transformed into a cheerful scene of butterflies, constructed from elements of the kowhai tree: flowers, leaves and seedpods. Designed by Kate Millington, painted with Nigel Roberts.

Credits also to Auckland Council and Albert-Eden Local Board, Ray White, Damerell Group, Dulux NZ, Kwanto Ltd, 3dm World, Wakefield Panel and Paint, Action Traffic.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Kowhai Butterflies (Kate Millington 2015)

Kowhai Butterflies (Kate Millington 2015)

May 4, 2015

At the Market

Filed under: Avondale,Markets,People,Uncategorized — paul @ 7:02 am
Stallholders

Stallholders

Early at the Avondale Sunday Market a trio of stallholders gather for a cup of coffee and a natter.

April 15, 2015

It’s a Girl!

Filed under: Insects,Uncategorized — paul @ 7:00 am
Female Monarch Butterfly

Female Monarch Butterfly

Yesterday was by far the coldest day for months – and it so happened that the chrysalis that I had brought home on a twig of milkweed (swan plant) was ready to turn into a butterfly. Sadly, just at the crucial moment, I was not around, but still, it was fun reliving an episode of the past when we produced monarchs big time.

A sequence of shots of an emerging monarch butterfly can be found here.

Still a bit crumpled.

Still a bit crumpled.

The Chrysalis, a few hours before the event

The Chrysalis, a few hours before the event

June 6, 2014

Finishing Touches

Filed under: Buildings,New Lynn,People,Uncategorized — paul @ 7:32 am
Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

The Merchant Quarter apartment block gets an external once-over with paintbrush and scrapers.

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

Merchant Quarter, New Lynn

January 4, 2014

A glass of Water

Filed under: Black and White,Uncategorized — Tags: — paul @ 7:03 am
A Glass of Water

A Glass of Water

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

November 24, 2013

Reflections

Filed under: New Lynn,Reflections,Uncategorized — paul @ 7:13 am
Whau River from the Rewarewa bridge

Whau River from the Rewarewa bridge

The morning sun brought life into the quiet waters of the Rewarewa Styream in New Lynn, seen from the Rewarewa Bridge.

For more reflection shots please visit James’ “Weekend Reflections“.

June 4, 2013

Coffee – Atomic

Filed under: Uncategorized — paul @ 6:58 am
Atomic Coffee Roasters and Cafe Kingsland

Atomic Coffee Roasters and Cafe Kingsland

The cups were ready, the coffee gadgets on display — but the sign perched on a chair in the entrance said “Sorry, closed”. So it’s virtual cups of coffee instead, lit up by an (after 3 p.m. closing time) afternoon sun.

Atomic Roastery and Cafe, Kingsland.

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