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Achy Breaky Heart (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Achy Breaky Heart  (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Achy Breaky Heart (Michael Parekowhai, 2013)

Waikokota Lane in Aucklands Wynyard Quarter tunnels through between the two blocks of the award-winning ASB building: glass to symbolise the transparency of the bank (yeah, right) and a monumental mural by Michael Parkowhai entitled “Achy Breaky Heart”.…

Sacred Chisels

Sunnah Thompson at Work

Sunnah Thompson at Work

Once again Nga Whaotapu o Tāmaki Makaurau (The Sacred Chisels of Tāmaki Makaurau) are showing their craft at the Silo Six Pack, Wynyard Quarter. When I visited, master carver Sunnah Thompson was at work on a carving of Tiriwa (one of the ancestors of the Tamaki a Maki tribe), destined to go to Glen Eden Primary School.…

Driving Wheels

Enduring Rust

Enduring Rust

At the top end of Wynyard Wharf one finds a giant axle connecting two giant cogwheels – eight tons apiece – relics from a steam dredge “Whakarire” where they transmitted the power to the bucket chain. The vessel was built in Scotland in 1903 for service in Wellington Harbour until 1934, and thereafter in Napier until 1974, at which time she was scrapped (in Auckland).…

Silo-scape

Top of Silo

Top of Silo

The “Tank Farm” of our Wynyard Quarter is always an attraction for photographers, especially when the sun casts interesting shadows. The top picture is shot from the gantry, and the bottom one shows a bit more context.

These silos are supposed to disappear in the next few years, and 2012 saw an initiative (promoted by Hamish Keith) to give them a stylish farewell in the form of painted decorations, complete with C.K.

600 Years Old …

Sunnah Thompson, Vern Rosieur, Ian Strongman

Sunnah Thompson, Vern Rosieur, Ian Strongman

… is the timber (kauri, sourced from West Auckland) which is transformed by master carvers into a door lintel which will take its place in the new Auckland Council Civic Building in Albert Street (see my post April 3, 2015).…

Advice

At the Silos, Wynyard Quarter

At the Silos, Wynyard Quarter

“Don’t be a litter Bug” is the admonition on silo 5. …

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