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

April 19, 2016

Balancing Act?

Filed under: Art,Newmarket,Not West,Walls — paul @ 7:32 am
Balancing Act?

Balancing Act?

Nuffield Lane, Newmarket, is a veritable gallery of street art. Here an item by BMD – with the inscription “Nuffield YGB” (Young, Gifted and Broke).

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

April 12, 2016

The Divide (Andrew J. Steel)

Filed under: Morningside,Walls — paul @ 7:07 am
The Divide (Andrew J. Steel)

The Divide (Andrew J. Steel)

This wall in Morningside is reserved for street art royalty. Here Andrew J. Steel (who up until recently was one half of “BMD“) struts his stuff.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

March 22, 2016

Green Bay Mural

Filed under: Green Bay,Walls — paul @ 7:09 am
Big Mural, Green Bay

Big Mural, Green Bay

Not too long ago, a new mural appeared on a concrete block wall, bringing the bush and its inhabitants right to the roadside. I don’t know who designed and painted it. A nice touch to incorporate the container behind the wall into the work. Painter: Ellen Kerssens.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photos.

Detail: Fantail

Detail: Fantail

Detail: Kiwi

Detail: Kiwi

Detail: Tui

Detail: Tui

Detail: Gecko

Detail: Gecko

November 24, 2015

Hooked on Fish

Filed under: Te Atatu,Walls — paul @ 7:01 am
Te Atatu Mural by Cliff Uepa

Te Atatu Mural by Cliff Uepa

The big Te Atatu mural by Cliff Uepa identifies the shop behind the large wall next to the Te Atatu Peninsula Roundabout, and also advertises all that you could meet in and around Te Atatu. Boats, Sky Tower, Harbour Bridge, Waitakere Ranges, surfers, beaches, wildlife of all manner, and then some. Too big to fit into one frame…

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Te Atatu Mural by Cliff Uepa

Te Atatu Mural by Cliff Uepa

Te Atatu Mural by Cliff Uepa

Te Atatu Mural by Cliff Uepa

October 20, 2015

Triptych

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Walls — paul @ 9:13 am
Triptych

Triptych

Another mural by the Kakano Youth Collective. This one at Henderson Valley Road where it meets Great North Road.

The wind blowing from the west, the sun setting over the ranges – source of our streams, and native eels.

More murals on Oakland Daily Photo.

Mural by Kakano Collective

Mural by Kakano Collective

Mural by Kakano Collective

Mural by Kakano Collective

Mural by Kakano Collective

Mural by Kakano Collective

October 6, 2015

Fishy

Filed under: Fish,Hillsborough,Walls — paul @ 8:07 am
Fishy mural by Doug Ford (detail)

Fishy mural by Doug Ford (detail)

This big mural with a fishy theme has graced the walls of Oakdale Dairy at the corner of Richardson and Oakdale Roads for ten years. Painted by Doug Ford.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Fishy mural by Doug Ford

Fishy mural by Doug Ford

September 15, 2015

The Big Puddle

Filed under: Avondale,Colours,Walls — paul @ 7:01 am
Murals

Murals

Next to the big Avondale Spider is an empty space: concrete slabs, grass and litter, with water standing after the rain (“the old Three Guys Site”). The retaining walls beside that lot attract some fine graffiti talent. Their work enhanced by the reflection in the puddle and the afternoon sun.

(This space was used last October for the “Whau Arts Festival” and the same is planned again for next month (October 15-18).

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

July 21, 2015

Children (Misery and Tom Tom)

Filed under: Art,City,Walls — paul @ 7:07 am
Children (Misery and Tom Tom)

Children (Misery and Tom Tom)

Lift shaft at the rear of a Karangahape Road building, facing Poynton Terrace. Summery children’s images by Misery and Tom Tom — to make us forget winter.

This is just around the corner from the Saddleback mural by Charles and Janine Williams which I showed recently, an area with a high density of first class murals thanks to the Karangahape Road Business Association and their annual “All Fresco” event).

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

A glimpse through St Kevins Arcade

A glimpse through St Kevins Arcade

July 14, 2015

Caution: Low Flying Ducks

Filed under: Art,Birds,Kingsland,Walls — paul @ 7:02 am
Putangitangi over cabbage tree swamp

Putangitangi over cabbage tree swamp

“Putangitangi over cabbage tree swamp” is the title of this mural by Charles and Janine Williams. It covers a sizeable wall of the premises of Alsco along New North Road, Kingsland.

Putangitangi is the Maori word for the paradise shelduck; male in front, female to the left of the picture. Cabbage tree is the common name for cordyline species, and the reference is to a watercolour “Cabbage tree swamp” by John Backhouse (1845-1908), parts of which are quoted in the triangular bits of the mural. A reproduction of that painting is shown on a plaque beside the mural. The cabbage tree swamp is an area close by, now Eden Park, which in years gone by would have been teeming with these ducks.

The artists completed the painting of this work in five days this January, often working until midnight.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Mural by Charles and Janine Williams: Detail

Mural by Charles and Janine Williams: Detail

"Cabbage tree swamp" (John Backhouse)

“Cabbage tree swamp” (John Backhouse)

June 30, 2015

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki …

Filed under: Art,Henderson,Walls — paul @ 8:21 am
Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki

Nau Mai, Haere Mai Ki

… Henderson. A big mural has gone up recently along Alderman Drive, Henderson, at the corner with Great North Road: Welcome, welcome to Henderson!

It is signed “Kakano Youth Art” and “Unitec BCE 2015”. On the link we are promised four high profile walls – will have to keep my eyes open for more fine work to appear!

This project is engaging with and working alongside West Auckland youth, established artists, the Pacific Arts Centre and other stakeholders to deliver creative, highly visible public artwork.”

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Detail

Detail

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