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Panoramic

How – and why – does life sometimes manage to get so busy?! The photo below is of a place which is truly timeless, both in the sheer beauty of the dramatic landscape, and because it’s a place where all sense of time disappears, just you and immenseness of the land, the crashing surf, the sun on your skin and the sea breeze. A complete contrast to the previous post here on foldedcranes, getting lost in the wonder of an untouched edge of the land like this one is an ideal balance to the bustle of life in the city. Capturing it in a photo – and being able to take it home with you, to get lost in, every once in a while, is a great thing to be able to do, too.

Bethells Beach

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Photo by CIA at Te Henga – Bethells Beach, West Auckland, New Zealand, March 2013.

Wellington Civic Square, by night

Public spaces like this – which are beautiful both by day, and night, should be encouraged, in our increasingly urbanised planet.

Wellington civic square, by night

A pretty place to be, I think you will agree. Recently, I learnt that the square was designed by visionary Wellington architect Ian Athfield, whose brilliant and sometimes odd work scatters the city (seek, and you shall find Athfield creations in Wellington’s many corners!), enriching the urban landscape. I don’t think I will ever tire of the eclectic mish-mash of buildings, old and new, which shouldn’t work together but somehow do, interesting public art, patches of soft green space, around a fully accessible multi-level square, crowned by Neil Dawson’s wonderful sculpture, Ferns. I love to spot Ferns’ shadow, at different times of the day as it dances around the space. Whether I am passing through en route home, or sitting leisurely on a bench in the sun (or, let’s face it, wind!), Wellington’s Civic Square is a fitting heart to the city which I am thankful for.

Photo by CIA, Wellington Civic Square, March 2013. Around the square from left to right: Wellington Town Hall and Civic Chambers, The Majestic Centre (tall tower in the background), Wellington City Library, and the City Gallery.

Rainbow Warrior III

There’s a new addition to the Wellington skyline at the moment, in the form of the tall masts of the Rainbow Warrior III (they’re 50 metres high!). The purpose-built flagship of Greenpeace is currently moored in the Wellington harbour, and yesterday at lunchtime I took the opportunity to take a nosey on board to check out what this impressive ship had to offer and hear the environmental message it carries.

Rainbow Warrior 1

The tall masts of the Rainbow Warrior III stretch high above the Wellington harbour.

The tall masts of the Rainbow Warrior III stretch high above the Wellington harbour.

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Old and new

Something we miss about Europe is the feeling of turning a corner, and seeing something medieval.

Dom Toren, Utrecht, at night

Dom Toren, Utrecht, at night

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Photo by CIA, Utrecht, the night before we left the Netherlands. What is it about where you are (or where you were, or where you want to be) that makes it special?

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.

For the birds

Tui, looking south, Mt Victoria Lookout

Tui, looking south, Mt Victoria Lookout

Tui, looking north, Mt Victoria Lookout

Tui, looking north, Mt Victoria Lookout

 

PJD

Photos by PJD, Mt Victoria, Wellington

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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