Snapshots of Mount Victoria

A few photos I took as I walked the dog in the Mount Victoria town belt, and of the unveiling of a new living sculpture at the Innermost Gardens.   “A Living Sculpture” On April 3rd, Grant Lyon’s sculpture “Yeah, Nah” was unveiled by Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown at the Innermost Gardens in Mount Victoria, at […]

The rugby sculpture

A proposal was unveiled yesterday for a Weta Workshop-designed rugby-themed sculpture to grace the city, somewhere, In Time For The Rugby World Cup.

The sculpture is highly symbolic, with the DomPost providing a list of all the symbolism, but what does the sculpture most resemble?

A city littered with poetry

Now, everybody has seen the poetry which seems to appear just about everywhere down near the lagoon and around Te Papa, right?

This one took me by surprise though.

Fiona Kidman, Speaking with my grandmothers

It’s Fiona Kidman, and is in such a comparatively out-of-the-way place I literally stumbled across it.

The full text of the poem is here.

But can you guess where the picture was taken?

Homage to Duchamp

Here’s another one of the wee guys in this series of temporary sculptures:

Gargoyle temporary sculpture

Quite an appropriate location, atop the long-abandoned toilets and amid the construction of the new Courtenay Place park.

Solace in the Wind – Max Patte

Say hi to my new favourite statue.

Solace in the Wind

I edited out his privates.

Sculpture Garden

This is one of my favourite places in Wellington:

… and if anyone ever tries to do it harm, as I’ve heard rumours of happening in the past, well… they just better watch out.

Sorry for the crappy photo. Stupid phone. Looks like I also managed to catch a flying rat in full, uh, flight.

Art-Stalker: Man on a mission

Well, you’d really have to know your way around to guess today’s piece just by the photo here.

One of the things I’ve been enjoying is not having to wander too far from the apartment to find some amazing[ly weird] stuff around for you to look at.

This piece is in Jack Ilott Green. You know, the little garden just off Jervois Quay, the one where they’re constantly promising to build something useful. At the moment it just seems to be a refuge for pot smokers.

DSC00209 OK, since I’m keeping you in suspense, here’s the side view!

Yeah, the Wellingtonista are thinking it too. Bloody strange bit of art.

It has this same bias relief on all four sides, and although the entire sculpture seems to be getting a little knocked about it’s still in good form.

Problem is, no-one is certain what in the heck it’s supposed to be. If you have any suggestions, fell free to leave them in comments.

But first! What is it!

Random Art Story, Two

DSC00201 Next in our series of overlooked Wellington public art is this beauty here to the right.

If you’ve not seen it before I’d be extremely surprised, because it’s plonked pretty much squarely opposite the Lido, somewhere seeming to always be awash with punters tipping the usual variety of liquids and solids into themselves.

As you can see, it’s a great piece, bronze, and textured in a marvelously subtle way. The slightly abstract lines just make it all the more curious to look at, and the complete absence of nose-hair suggests the model was extremely well-kempt.

So… what is it?

These are the fixtures of your neighbourhood

One of the things about living in a great city like Wellington is that there are a hell of a lot of things to take for granted.

I mention this because while listening to Don McGlashan in Civic Square the other day he mentioned that Auckland doesn’t really have any civic art. I’m not sure that’s entirely true… But, in the spirit of parochial one-upmanship I thought I’d bring you some of Wellington’s oft-overlooked art and sculpture.

Why oft-overlooked? Well, we have the Wellington Sculpture Trust and its glamourpuss art all over the blimmin place, but there’s also a lot of smaller, less noticed stuff that we here at the Wellingtonista want to celebrate.

DSC00197 So with no further ado, here is a sculpture. And ain’t it a little cutie?

The real question is of course whether you recognise it. And you probably don’t. This of course being the problem with a place like Wellington, sometimes there’s so much bloody public art you can’t walk three feet without tripping over the latest “abstract something”…

But I digress. So what is it?! More after the jump!

Can’t get to all the 2AWA nominated sculptures – this is the book for you!

Read, view and then vote!Wellington: A City for Sculpture
edited by Jenny Harper and Aaron Lister, photography by Bruce Connew
Published by VUP in association with the Wellington Sculpture Trust.

(RRP $50.00, Vic Books price $45.00)

Don’t have time to visit, engage and ponder the merits of the sculptures YOU can vote for in the Second Annual Wellingtonista Awards? Buy this book, sit down in front of the computer and peruse to your heart’s content.

This is much more than a book of pretty pictures of sculptures in Wellington. Whilst some of Bruce Connew’s photographs capture the featured works in brilliant sunshine, others are shown against grey or misty skies – an accurate reflection of Wellington’s changeable weather.