Category Archives: Design

Weekly photo challenge: the Kiss

Nothing like a mother's love

Nothing like a mother’s love

This morning, camera in  hand, I took myself off to Wellington Zoo. I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t been there for years – since my now adult children were little! We’ve had such a gorgeous spell of weather lately and I decided that, in my ‘between jobs’ state, I should see for myself all the changes that have been made at the zoo in the intervening years.

I was not disappointed. In fact, I was totally entranced. I ended up spending the best part of three hours there vowing to myself to make regular visits from now on.

I could ramble on and on about the fabulous events Wellington Zoo offers, but it’s best to check out their website if you’re interested. I was prompted to go today because of an article in this morning’s Dominion Post about a baby Royal Penguin which had been found on Sunday at Tora Beach on the Wairarapa Coast. The sick penguin, after being cared for overnight, was taken to Wellington Zoo. Royal Penguins, the article tells us, live about 2000 kilometres distant on Macquarie Island where the temperatures is around 8 degrees celsius. A far cry from our recent temperatures in the high 20s.

When I arrived at the zoo, I was told that the penguin would be undergoing surgery in the Animal Hospital this morning. The Animal Hospital (called The Nest) is open viewing. The vets (microphones on) operate behind a large viewing window and describe what they’re doing and why. We watched as our little royal penguin friend was gently anaesthetised and and ten operated on. A large group of young school children sitting on the ground in front of the window watched in awe.

We all hope the wee fellow makes it; his chances aren’t that good.

Not far away, all the other animals either frolicked or lazed in the sun.

I hope you like this picture – there were two baby chimps in the enclosure, both being lovingly nurtured by their mothers. There were also some toddlers getting up to normal toddler mischief – they reminded me of my kids!

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Weekly photo challenge: Unique

Poetry on the waterfront

Poetry on the waterfront

You’ll have to come to New Zealand to read the poetic inspirations dotted around Wellington’s waterfront – known as the Wellington Writers’ Walk. The challenge for tourists is to find all the quotes …

The series of large, concrete, typographic ‘text sculptures’ designed by award-winning Wellington typographer and graphic designer Catherine Griffiths are sited at various points along the waterfront.  Each sculpture contains a quote by a well-known New Zealand writer with strong Wellington connections. There are currently 11 text sculptures.

This sculpture features the words of Denis Glover (1912-1980).

from the pen of Denis Glover

from the pen of Denis Glover

Weekly photo challenge: Illumination II

Latticed illumination

Latticed illumination

It had been a miserable day, with unrelenting rain, so last night we went to Wellington’s Embassy Theatre to see Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. 

The Embassy is a theatre, which was opened in 1924 and was refurbished in 2001, in time for the world premiere of the first of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. The theatre is gorgeous – an very stately old dame. As you enter her wide doors on Cambridge Terrace, you ascend to the first floor via elegant curved stairways with beautiful art deco tiles in deep blues and greens lining the walls. She always takes my breath away.

Last night I searched for the tile I’d heard about at a recent funeral. One of Wellington’s beloved, an extremely kind and generous philanthropist, funded the tiling of the walls. All he asked for in recognition of his generosity was for one tile to be placed honouring of his parents. I found it exactly where I thought it would be, very simple and discrete – with only a christian name for each of them and the initials of their surname – perfect. I felt so moved by this one simple gesture that I wanted to hold my fingers to my lips then press them gently against the tile.

Choc-dipped ice cream in hand, I settled into my sumptuous leather seat, sponsored by another well-known Wellington identity. The lights went down plunging the auditorium into near darkness but for the latticed domes on either side of the screen. After a one-handed scrambling at the bottom of my handbag for my camera clutching my ice-cream cone in the other, I managed to take just one photo. If I’d had more time, and two hands, I would have tried to show the magical lattice effects on the surrounding walls and ceiling.

Next time.

Special photo challenge: Inspiration

Blogger at large

A confusing image? Let me explain …

This photograph was taken at the newly renovated and refurbished Auckland Art Gallery, which I absolutely love. It is stunningly beautiful and houses many wonderful works of art including the above installation entitled Environment III (1973) by Belgian artist Luc Piere (1916-1994). It is made from mirrored glass, perspex and paint. Superb!

Whenever I’m in Auckland, I put at visit to the Art Gallery at the top of my agenda … and Environment III.

It never fails to inspire, excite and delight.

Weekly photo challenge: Geometry 2

A blogger at work

This one geometric sphere was part of an exhibition on Wellington’s waterfront some months ago. This work is one of several identical mirrored objects of Memetic Brotherhood by artist Peter Trevelyan.

Another angle

The exhibition was not a permanent one. The site is used for different exhibitions of outdoor sculptures which change every few months. There have been some absolutely stunning works over the past couple of years – but this has is my favourite to date.

Geometry …

The exhibition space is in front of The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington.

Disembodied…

Weekly photo challenge: Geometry answered

Another perspective …

My last post was a shot taken of this same structure and I asked if anyone would like to hazard a guess as to what and where it is.

I took this photograph in Melbourne – Federation Square to be precise. The building is a combines an arts centre, art gallery and a small shopping precinct. It’s pretty incredible, a real feat of engineering! Plus loads of windows to clean….

Tomorrow, on the same theme, I’ll show you something closer to home.