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Time to play?

Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, has a new exhibition open for the summer: Game Masters. It looks like it will be pretty epic, and we loved seeing that the museum staff seem to be getting well into the spirit of the exhibition, with this Mario-theme post-it art adorning some Te Papa office windows. This post-it note art looks pretty fresh, and aren’t these windows in particular just perfect for it? A fun sideshow to a walk home from work!

Te Papa game masters 1 Te Papa Game Masters 2

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Home is where the heart is

These window-shutters – spotted during the course of our meanderings in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, earlier this year – take the saying ‘home is where the heart is’ to a new level. In fact, they weren’t the only heart-shaped window decoration I spied in Switzerland during our first trip there together this past May.

Heart-shaped window shutters, Schaffhausen

Perhaps the Swiss figure that putting a little more love out into the world can only be a good thing?

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Photo by CIA, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, May 2012.

Sculpture for all ages

Oddooki by Seung Yul Oh, Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

Oddooki by Seung Yul Oh, Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008

Back in 2008, on the Sculpture Terrace of New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa, overlooking the sparkling turquoise ripple of Wellington harbour, PJD, Occasionally Travelled and I ran into some Oddooki (see photo at left). “What are Oddooki?”, you might well ask, as we did, that sunny day. Well, Oddooki are the creation of Auckland-based (until recently!), Korean-born multimedia artist Seung Yul Oh, and they are fun, they are playful, they are everything that interactive sculpture should be, and they are surprising.

Oddooki sketch by Seung Yul Oh, Te Papa Tongarewa

Oddooki sketch by Seung Yul Oh, Te Papa Tongarewa

Egg-shaped birds, sculpted in high-sheen vivacious colours, Oddooki are eye-catching and engaging. Give an Oddooki a little push, it will roll from side to side, making a gentle chiming noise as it does. Oddooki have endured in each of our minds since we found them that day, and they remain some of the most interesting and innovative sculpture that we have seen. Definitely, sculpture for enjoyment and access by all ages. So, it was with great excitement that PJD and Occasionally Travelled last week checked out some new Oddooki, on show in Auckland at the Gus Fischer Gallery.

 

Oddooki

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Heart-filled window

This heart-filled window caught my eye as we strolled along the gorgeous cobbled Schipfe pedestrian street in Zürich (local tips often get you to the nicest – hidden – places!). There’s not much more to say about this photo, other than that the sight of this window made me smile.

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Photo by CIA, Zürich, Switzerland, May 2012.

An ambassador for the Embassy?

Look who appeared on the front of the Embassy Theatre (our local cinema, definitely the best place to catch a film in town, as it is both beautiful on the inside and out) today. That’s right folks, Wellington is continuing to be Hobbit-ified (or should I say Tolkien-ised or Weta-fied?) more and more as the days count down to the world premiere of Sir Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Overnight (street closure? Why not?!), the front of the Embassy (where the premiere will screen) was decorated with a new Weta Workshop creation, replete with over-sized hobbit-hole and Gandalf watching over Courtenay Place (if we can’t have Sir Ian McKellen in town for the premiere, we can have a giant sculpture of his character’s likeness, right?!). It’s definitely going to be a focal point in this city over the coming days and doubtless will look great at the end of the red carpet in nine days time…

… we had some fun taking photos of this latest Hobbit-related sculpture in the city tonight.

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Photos by PJD and CIA, Wellington, 19 November 2012. Gollum is already in town too.

Simply cool

Sometimes, you see a piece of design – graphic in this case – which is just so cool, it’s worth taking a photo of.

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We do love Swiss design (who doesn’t?!) and the high quality of graphic design posters advertising various events as we wandered around Zurich was inspiring. Photo by CIA, Zurich, Switzerland, May 2012, International Experimental Film and Video Festival, Zurich, 2012.

Should have got it

Recently when we were at the lovely Whitechapel Gallery in London, we discovered their amazing bookshop. For an incredibly compact space, this little shop packs a real punch, with an amazing selection of books spanning art, design, architecture, crafts, politics, philosophy, literature and the list goes on. I’m still dreaming of it, and would like to return one day when I can afford to pick up a few titles… This is one book I really should have bought to take home with me that day though.

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Photo by CIA, Whitechapel Gallery, London, September 2012.

The tiniest detail

A while back I wrote a short post about the small details in nature that we often overlook. I like this photo, taken on a rambling walk along the old city walls in Luzern this May, because it similarly shows the tiniest detail – the white pollen tips of the flowers, the delicate stripes on the petals. These flowers were tiny themselves, and could have been easily missed, but that afternoon, the pace was slowed down, as we enjoyed unseasonably warm weather and comfortable chatter with dear friends. So I had time to look around, and notice the more minute details. However, I am still working on my close-up photography skills; this photo is far from perfect – I can already see what I need to improve in order to be more technically proficient – but I am happy with the detail I did manage to capture, and looking forward to the day when I can take photos of details like these in an even better way.

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Photo by CIA, Luzern, Swtizerland, May 2012.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Happy

I’m always happy in an art gallery (or as they tend to call them in the Northern hemisphere, art museum. Here are a few of my favourite pieces of art spotted in galleries along the way on our travels over the past few months. Looking back on them certainly makes me happy, as I remember how happy I was standing in front of these beautiful, inspiring and creative works. So, I hope they might make you happy too, in some small way. The common denominator seems to be, for the most part, vibrant colour. Colour certainly does make me happy (the brighter the better!), as does trying out this new gallery format…

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Little moments in time

As PJD wrote yesterday, the pace of everyday life is fairly fast. So much so, that sometimes we (you, me, us) don’t really stop to catch those little moments (momentjes) in time which are hidden, not immediately apparent and which take a little more time to notice. A few weeks ago, I was reminded of this, as we slowed the pace of life down and meandered, somewhat aimlessly, enjoying the sunshine, through the cobbled streets of Amsterdam. It seemed like the whole city was out that day, enjoying the beautiful warmth, and we were just three friends, among many, our chatter and laughter melding into that around us of strangers, as the minutes, hours passed lazily by. Somewhere along the way, we caught a glimpse of this beautiful doorway out of the corner of our eyes. We’d already walked past, even though our pace was slow, yet it was so lovely in the dappled mid-afternoon light, that we just had to turn back and take another look. We all had smiles on our faces, as we walked away again. Little moments in time, spent with special people really are life’s simplest joys. As we look towards embarking on a new adventure together, it’s comforting to know that so many splendid memories will be carried with us, and as we go, remembering to relish the little moments in time, wherever we may be.

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Photo by CIA, Amsterdam, August 2012.

 

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