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Cones

In the Sculpture Garden of the National Gallery of Australia (NGA), you can find this magnificent sculpture. The setting of the sculpture, surrounded by Eucalypts, creates a marvellous effect.

Cones I

On a bright sunny day, it lends itself well to playing games with reflection.

Cones II

Sometimes the result is mind-bending.

Cones III

The sculpture is by Bert Flugelman, and is entitled Cones. Should you ever pass through Australia’s capital city, the NGA is absolutely worth stopping for. (The collection inside the gallery is wonderful).

PJD

Photos by PJD, on a borrowed camera; with thanks to CHD. 

Be careful when you squeeze in…

No Way Out

…Because sometimes there is no way out.

PJD

Photo by PJD, at the second summit, Mt Victoria. This poor spider built an impressive web inside this glass-cased map, but to little avail as small insects were disinclined to join him there.

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?

CIA

Photo by CIA, Schaffhausen, Switzerland, May 2012.

Some New York minutes

Our relatively spontaneous trip to New York in January (the result of stars aligning – cheap flights, accommodation with friends, an intense desire to see New York City) still sometimes feels like it was just last week. My own expectations were so high, I never thought the place could live up to them. But as is always the way with these things, it sneaks up with you in ways you don’t anticipate, even as some things seem muted when you see them up close for the first time.

Painted Cups

Painted coffee cups, hanging in the front-end of the Flatiron.

On our first day, after the Times (and the map), we made our way into the city. The Flatiron was our first point of interest. What we didn’t expect was the dazzling display of hanging, hand-painted coffee cups. They added immensely to the sense of occasion, and my excitement went into overdrive. The buildings, reflected in the glass, and visible through the glass hammered home that we were in the city of the skyscraper; we felt right at home.

MOMA, reflected

MOMA, reflected

We then covered a lot of ground on foot. We headed past the New York Public Library (we looked inside on another day), craned our necks up at the Empire State Building and the Rockefeller Center, before we arrived at MOMA.

PJD, reflected inside MOMA

PJD, reflected inside MOMA

As we wandered about, we enjoyed the inside of the building as much as the art.

Times Square

Times Square, lights reflecting everywhere

At the end of the day, we wandered back to Times Square. Because everyone has to go to Times Square. Don’t they? Even if they don’t, we did. And it was awful. And crass. And overrated. And most of all, it was awesome.

Some reflections on my first day in NYC (CIA had been before, and was lucky enough to visit again since!) only cement how much this city means to my imagination. In the end, it also affirms my sense of optimism. If New York is possible, almost anything is.

PJD

Photos by PJD or CIA. Provenance is hard to ascertain at this point. Incidentally, isn’t there some unstoppably excellent quality to this song? Or, more honestly, about its chorus?

The directions were clear

A lot of people go to Luzern (or, Lucerne, for the Francophones) to see the famous wooden bridge (Kapellbrücke). And indeed, we saw the bridge…but Luzern has other things to offer the intrepid explorer. Not that much exploring is necessary. The directions were clear.

Luzern is an old city, strategically located, surrounded by its lake, and mountains. The city quickly developed an independent identity, and as with all medieval cities with an independent identity, it quickly established a need for walls. The canton of Luzern was one of the original members of the Eternal Swiss Confederacy, and its importance as a trade centre meant that it has long been an important regional hub, a role that continues today. Of course, such cities are often the focus of rivals, seeking greater influence, and it is Luzern’s city walls which we climbed to on this beautifully sunny Swiss day.

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Now that’s one photogenic city

In the weeks leading up to Wellington’s most recent world premiere, I was getting pretty excited, to be part of the spectacle (as a spectator!) and to soak up the atmosphere of the whole “Wellywood” celebration. But then work decided to rain on my parade and notify me that I would be needed in Auckland on the day of the premiere. What?! Nooooo! Disappointing, sure, but at least I got to experience it vicariously via PJD’s most excellent coverage here on foldedcranes. Seeing the way the city got into the spirit of the occasion and the joie de vivre shown by the city’s people has had me reflecting (from afar, up the island!) on what a truly lovely city Wellington is, and these photos, taken during the course of a long walk that we took together last weekend up Mount Victoria (one of the best vantage points from which to view the city panorama – and incidentally, a Lord of the Rings location site!), are a reminder that Wellington has a whole lot more going for it than just the odd world premiere or two. But those sure are cool, when they do happen. So, keep bringing it on Wellington, the world’s coolest little capital city for sure.

Halfway up Mount Victoria – looking towards Oriental Bay

Picnic in the long-grass? – further up Mount Victoria, looking towards Newtown, Brooklyn

At the summit – looking towards our compact little city

Look at that harbour! Beautiful.

CIA

Photos by CIA, Wellington, New Zealand, 24 November 2012.

Hobbitification of Wellington continues…

For anyone who is excited about the impending release of The Hobbit film (part one only, somehow they managed to string it out into two films… how?!), Wellington is certainly the place to be right about now. With just four days to go (as the billboard on the front of the Embassy Theatre reminds us! See below), all sorts of Hobbity kinds of events are kicking into full gear…

Today we checked out the Hobbit Artisan Market, in Waitangi Park.

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