Local Heart, Global Soul

April 5, 2012

Needing a Breather… Let’s Take a Seat…

Filed under: ART,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Places and Sights,Travel — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One of the things that people said they really wanted in Napier after the 1931 earthquake were wide streets.

This was duly incorporated into the rebuild of the city and  gives a lovely relaxed feel to the shopping area.

There is also plenty of room for public seating,  something achieved here by placing simple large , white geometric  Deco inspired  forms  down the length of the shopping area.

On the top of these seats there are all sorts of Art Deco styled motifs in various tile designs.

Some of these are different,  with a more abstract, Pacific and Maori inspired designs within their patterns. These  ones were in  silver and gold colours.

I didn’t get photographs of them all because naturally enough sometimes people were busy sitting on these seats and well, it’s strange enough to be the kind of  foodie photographer who takes photos of their food in a restaurant or cafe before eating … but I draw the line at photographing people’s derrières whilst they sit in public places!

There is one photo that kind of looks like it might have been someone sitting there, rest assured it’s not,  it’s a coat that some people in a group next to the seat had put down on it whilst they had a chat close by. I think that they quite rightly figured that the camera lady on crutches wasn’t exactly going to grab it and sprint off it with it!

What was extra nice for me too was that I used these seats as  convenient resting places whilst making my way back to where Himself and a kids were, but  in the end they met me half way so these are the photos I managed to get during the smaller amount of walking that I did do.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)


  1. What pretty and artistic places to rest one’s bottom! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — April 6, 2012 @ 9:45 pm | Reply

  2. They are just lovely! 😀

    Comment by Carrie — April 12, 2012 @ 12:47 am | Reply

    • Almost too pretty to sit on LOL…. I love it when people have the foresight to combine decorative with functional… (Like the Swan seats in Kleve too).

      Comment by kiwidutch — April 16, 2012 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  3. Beautiful. It’s good to know they listened to the people when rebulding.

    Comment by sarsm — April 23, 2012 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

    • I hope that they rebuild Christchurch with nice wide streets too… more space for pedestrians and a cafe-culture atmosphere (as well as a far greater sense of safety should another really massive quake strike).

      Comment by kiwidutch — April 23, 2012 @ 7:24 pm | Reply

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