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

June 2, 2014

Zestful!

Filed under: Sport,Theme Day,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 7:01 am
Zestful!

Zestful!

High energy as Lachlan shows off on his bike at the Wynyard Quarter.

The City Daily Photo theme for June is “Zest”. Click here for more interpretations of the theme.

November 10, 2013

Windows

Filed under: Black and White,Patterns,Reflections,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 9:28 am
Windows

Window

No, nothing to do with Microsoft, nor with a prison for that matter. These open windows are at the rear of a respectable bank.

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

August 31, 2013

Flying High

Filed under: Black and White,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 7:22 am
Wynyard Quarter

Wynyard Quarter

The Wynyard Quarter playground is always a winner with our grandchildren.

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

April 22, 2013

Let’s Go Fishing!

Filed under: Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 6:57 am
Fishing Gear

Fishing Gear

Colourful fishing gear aboard one of the vessels at the Wynyard Quarter.

March 5, 2013

Counting: 1, 2, 3, …

Filed under: Buildings,Mathematics,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 9:50 am
Viaduct Events Centre

Viaduct Events Centre

I am sure there is a good reason for it.

February 24, 2013

Inside the Sixpack

Filed under: Art,sculpture,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 12:42 pm
Industrial Heritage

Industrial Heritage

The Sixpack (officially known as “Silo Six“) is a cluster of cement silos in the Wynyard Quarter, preserved as a memento of the industrial heritage of this area of reclaimed land. Currently (until February 26) it houses part of the Summer of Sculpture (the exhibition of outdoor sculptures continues to March 15). An interesting space, and not all of the exhibits are at home in this environment. My favorite is Phil Dadson’s work of video and music performed with water and stone – impossible to capture as a photo, and taking full advantage of the sound qualities of the space.

It does not happen often that the silos are open, so make the most of it now.

Richard McWhanell, Renee and Sian

Richard McWhanell, Renee and Sian

Chiara Corbelletto, Complex Simplicity

Chiara Corbelletto, Complex Simplicity

February 21, 2013

Spinning Tiers (Steve Woodward 2006/07)

Filed under: Art,sculpture,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 7:22 am
Spinning Tiers (Steve Woodward (2006/07)

Spinning Tiers (Steve Woodward (2006/07)

Presently on display at the Karanga Plaza, Wynyard Quarter, as part of the Summer of Sculpture. Bronze, stainless steel bearing system, granite base. Contact: (09) 827 1438 or mobile +64 21 256 5117.

And, yes, it does spin — give it a whirl!

Catalogue note: “Spinning Tiers is both a monument, a memorial to our threatened world and a celebration of life through the dynamic elements that make up our universe. Ref to the Sotoba or Go Rin To it is a tower of five elements.”

We have shown other work by Steve Woodward on this blog before.

Spinning Tiers (Steve Woodward (2006/07)

Spinning Tiers (Steve Woodward (2006/07)

February 20, 2013

Portrait of Mass and Transmission (David McCracken, 2012)

Filed under: Art,sculpture,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 7:43 am
Portrait of Mass and Transmission (David McCracken, 2012)

Portrait of Mass and Transmission (David McCracken, 2012)

The Silo Park and Karanga Plaza in the Wynyard Quarter are celebrating a Summer of Sculpture (1 February to 15 March; exhibition in Silo 6 to 22 February). This work in Corten steel is by David McCracken (represented by Gow Langsford Gallery). From the catalogue:

Portrait of Mass and Transmission is both a continuation of current practice and a subtle change of direction. Cut and welded from corten steel plate, the composition relies on the intrinsic tensile nature of the steel to generate its looping folded form, and the rhythmic patterning to insinuate mass.”

Below is a picture of a similar work (Portrait of Traction and Transmission), displayed at the recent Headland Sculpture on the Gulf exhibition on Waiheke Island, winning the artist the Parsons Brinckerhoff Award for Engineering Excellence at that show. In the Headland catalogue notes, the artist comments: “This exhibition gives me an opportunity to resolve an ongoing issue of how to present these works. I have placed them standing vertically until now, but have always been unhappy with that orientation, [here] the sculpture is composed to fit into the setting.”

Portrait of Traction and Transmission (David McCracken)

Portrait of Traction and Transmission (David McCracken)

February 17, 2013

Rooftop Sculpture — ASB Headquarters

Filed under: Art,sculpture,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 10:03 am
ASB Wynyard Quarter

ASB Wynyard Quarter

The ASB Headquarters in the Wynyard Quarter (see here and here)is the first new corporate building since this precinct opened up. On a recent visit to the area, I found it had a brand new top, quite different from all earlier sketches which variously referred to a “funnel” or “turban” not to mention “meringue” or “volcano” — one wonders where they hid that funnel that was actually delivered, in the square box?. I could not find any information or comment on the web about this shiny new elegant shape.

Edit: The answer was in Element magazine (25/02/2013): “Atop the cube is a light scoop, a huge carbon fibre and kevlar structure engineered by Pure Design & Engineering and built by Yachting Development, the team that works on America‚Äôs Cup yachts.

The funnel will direct light to the lower floors through the atrium, and people down on the lane will be able to catch glimpses of the sky as they pass through.

ASB Rooftop Sculpture

ASB Rooftop Sculpture

December 18, 2012

The Amazing Wynyard Quarter Advent Calendar

Filed under: Seasons,Wynyard Quarter — paul @ 6:59 am
The Harbour Bridge Takes a Holiday

The Harbour Bridge Takes a Holiday

The gantry at the Wynyard Quarter has been transformed into a supersized Advent Calendar. From day to day, a new image is revealed. Check it out here or here, there is all sorts of Christmas action.

The Amazing Wynyard Quarter Advent Calendar

The Amazing Wynyard Quarter Advent Calendar

Opening a new Window

Opening a new Window

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