Local Heart, Global Soul

September 13, 2018

This Artist Is Playing Mind Games…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Heading out of Cathedral Square towards Hagley Park, I discover yet another whimsical mural.

The creativity of New Zealand’s artists is amazing, and this one is no exception.

Even in the composition there are little tricks and whimsical elements. For instance, I thought at first that this mural had originally been much larger because figures and items get cut off at the top.

The closer you look however, the more it seems that this was purposely made to look this way.

A penguin hides around one of the top corners, other decorative elements are painted on other rear walls but can only been seen when viewed from certain angles.

The artist is having fun with the viewer, everywhere there are clues that the “incomplete” look has been done on purpose.

The main theme is that of various animals on bikes, every animal sporting a panel of geometric shapes, diamond, squares, brick pattern or in one case, clouds either in part or in whole.

The mural is large and contains many complex figures so I have divided it in two to hopefully do it justice.

Here we see a median strip, and a gorilla, sloth, ram ride all manner of bikes, the blue cloud figure possibly being a bear.

The brick patterned rhino sits at the bottom, with only the top half seen we don’t know if he is on a bike or not.

For some reason the walrus escaped the geometric pattern treatment, he tows behind his bike what looks to be a small trailer with record players and speakers. The empty space in front of it stretches from the old post office in Cathedral Square, along Worcester Street to the edge of the river on Oxford Terrace, so many buildings lost to the 2010/11 earthquakes. There were two cinemas, and multiple shops, all gone. Luckily this mural gives us a quirky mix of geometric figures on bicycles to bring a smile.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 17, 2017

Tiny Works Of Art In Their Own Right…

The history continues in the next rooms of Fort Kijkduin near Den Helder.  This time the focus is on militeria: medals, awards and coins. These are just a few examples of the many here. I am also saving these as reference material for my drawing files.  I find that many of the patterns in these pieces are tiny works of art in their own right.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

Den Helder: Fort Kijkduin / The Netherlands
 

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