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Category: Walls (page 3 of 7)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

A mural in Poynton Terrace by Charles and Janine Williams, created in the 2014 All Fresco Festival (K-road Business Association). This bird is native to New Zealand, and major conservation efforts have taken place to bring its conservation status from ‘rare and endangered’ to ‘at risk – recovering’.

You can hear the song of North Island and South Island saddlebacks here (search for “hear the song”).

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Saddleback Song (Charles & Janine Williams)

Bright Colours in Onehunga

Bright Colours in Onehunga

Bright Colours in Onehunga

This mural graces a wall at the back of the Onehunga Library. It is accompanied by a large explanatory panel (in the same colours), describing it as reflecting “the cultural diversity and growth within the Onehunga district”. Project artists: Charlotte Graham, Nanette Lela’ulu, Manu Scott; assisted by students from the local community.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Bright Colours in Onehunga

Bright Colours in Onehunga

Ruru (Jeremy Shirley)

Ruru (Jeremy Shirley)

Ruru (Jeremy Shirley)

This is one of the murals painted by Jeremy Shirley in this year’s “All Fresco” event of the K-Road Business Association. Sitting in somewhat cramped quarters, but looking out with piercing eyes, this is a portrait of a morepork (ruru, ninox novaeseelandiae), New Zealand’s only owl species.

Seen from the carpark corner Karangahape Road/ Gundry Street.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Fishy

Hereford Street Mural

Hereford Street Mural

The Ponsonby water reservoir spans across a whole block between Hereford Street and Ponsonby Road – a great opportunity for mural art. This is the Hereford Street front: from a distance you notice the shape of a sea creature, but as you come closer, the image resolves into a network of houses joined by ladders and roads. I tried unsuccessfully to invent a story which would connect it all — just have to enjoy!

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Hereford Street Mural

Hereford Street Mural

Hine (Owen Dippie, 2015)

Hine (Owen Dippie, 2015)

Hine (Owen Dippie, 2015)

A recent work by Owen Dippie, created during the All Fresco weekend of the Karangahape Business Association. Showing the head of a woman (hine = girl, woman in Māori) with traditional tā moko, the Māori chin tattoo. Modelled on a family friend, Tania Cotter. Be sure to watch the video clip by Māori TV of the unveiling. (Not sure if it is available outside NZ.)

The mural is in Upper Queen Street, three storeys high, overlooking the motorway, next to the bridge.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Two more of Owen Dippie’s Auckland murals here and here.

Kowhai Butterflies (Kate Millington 2015)

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)

Knucklebones (Elliot Francis Stewart)

Knucklebones (Elliot Francis Stewart)

Knucklebones (Elliot Francis Stewart)

The end of Minnie Street, Eden Terrace, is defined by roads (Ian McKinnon Drive, New North Road connector) and the retaining walls which hold them up. Surrounded by green, Lot 23 stands by itself, one of its walls decorated with this large mural by Elliot Francis Stewart “Knucklebones”.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Avondale Athletics (Doug Ford)

Avondale Athletics (Doug Ford)

Avondale Athletics (Doug Ford)

The club room of Avondale Athletics next to Eastdale Reserve, Avondale. Painted by Doug Ford.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

Avondale Athletics (Doug Ford)

Avondale Athletics (Doug Ford)

Avondale Athletics (Doug Ford)

Avondale Athletics (Doug Ford)

How Convenient! #10

Te Henga Dune Convenience

Te Henga Dune Convenience

Suppose you are in the middle of nowhere on a sand dune like the one shown in yesterday’s post. And suppose nature calls. Then you will be relieved to find this place (just to the right of where the second image yesterday was taken). And look how lovingly it has been decorated with art and poetry, to provide a fulsome experience.

By Trude Bethell:

Sing me a song of the wind
breathe me the fresh Tasman sea air
grant me my wish dear
while I am at peace within

Our beautiful Te Henga
sensing, holding, being,
grand and strong as you are
Family Community United
We stand in awe with feet in
your Sands

And by Bobby:

Stop a while to pause and see,
Be still within,
breathe deep and
smile.

(More Monday Murals at Oakland Daily Photo.}

Te Henga Sunset with Dune and Eel

Te Henga Sunset with Dune and Eel

Moonlight Cat (Erin Forsyth, 2014)

Moonlight Cat (Erin Forsyth, 2014)

Moonlight Cat (Erin Forsyth, 2014)

Seen in Mercury Lane, Auckland Central, opposite Cross Street.

More murals at Oakland Daily Photo.

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