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A Manukau Panorama

Green Bay Mural by Doug Ford

Green Bay Mural by Doug Ford

A new mural has appeared in Green Bay, still not quite finished. The artist is Doug Ford, who appeared on these pages before. Here he shows a panorama as one might see from the Green Bay cliffs.

Not averse to a spot of mischief, he incorporated his dog into the design. Looking forward to see how he’ll blend in with the continuation of the work on the left.

Doug (and his Dog)

Doug (and his Dog)

World

World

World

Colourful shop, corner Ponsonby Road and Picton Street. Little girls with ice creams (and old codgers without) stay outside.

Utility box painted by Doug Ford 2014.

Enjoy! (Doug Ford, 2014)

Enjoy! (Doug Ford, 2014)

Painted Boxes: NZ’s First Automobile

Cecil Wood's motorcar

Cecil Wood's motorcar

We take a quick break from our pictures of Pasifika 2010 and pursue our Wednesday theme of painted boxes. This box by Doug Ford (2006) is in Great North Road, Kelston (map). It commemorates Cecil Wood (1874-1965), who built the first automobile in New Zealand, about 1897 (the box says 1898, but this has been overpainted to read 1897, and in other sources I have seen 1896, let’s not be too pedantic about the date – the link above dates the car at 1901, a sequel of various two- and three-wheeled contraptions). A photograph not unlike what we see above (showing Cecil Wood in his third automobile, ca 1910) is held in the National Library of New Zealand.

There used to be another box by Doug Ford at the intersection of Great North and Portage Roads, New Lynn (map), referring to Cecil Wood’s first car. But unfortunately the imagery has given way to a bureaucratic shade of grey/green (Added 24/03/10: Julie Nash, Community Arts Coordinator, Watakere City, informed me that the cabinet fell victim to a road accident). Here is a picture of what used to be there:

First Motorcar

First Motorcar

Doug Ford has a muralsblog of his own. (Thanks to Timespanner for the link.)

Read more about Doug Ford at The Big Idea or at Wall Gallery, Ponsonby.

Painted Boxes: Tree Huggers

Painted Boxes: Tree Huggers

Painted Boxes: Tree Huggers

This traffic control box can be found outside 366 Karangahape Road (map). It is one of numerous boxes decorated by Doug Ford (one of his murals was featured here on January 15). This one is “adopted by the Greens” – we will come across other adoptions in due course. When I met Doug at the Titirangi markets last year, he told me that these adoptions were no longer acceptable, but I did not understand why.

Doug Ford has a muralsblog of his own. (Thanks to Timespanner for the link.)

Read more about Doug Ford at The Big Idea or at Wall Gallery, Ponsonby.

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