Local Heart, Global Soul

December 4, 2018

History On The Wall… Part Two.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This is a continuation of yesterday’s post where I am trying to showcase the detail of a large mural in Greymouth, New Zealand.

The mural is a compilation of many of the “Coasts” biggest events, famous people and “characters”.

The artwork is amazing and I have tried hard not to miss any of the individual pieces.

That said, I only realised after we had left that there were some that I could have done better a few small snippets that got left out (the war memorial part on the top row, mentioned in yesterday’s post.)

It’s a case of having information overload when you are standing looking at such a large, detailed work.

Later back at our accommodation on the computer, came the moment that I could really appreciate the artwork, information and detail of this amazing mural. There is even a tiny inclusion of part of the modern day skyline of the town that includes a miniature depiction of the advertising bucket from a certain well known American fried chicken chain. Product placement, or a small nod to the/one of the sponsor(s) of this mural? Greymouth residents of course have the luxury of being able to visit this mural as many times as they want… and in this case that’s a luxury indeed.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I was rather horrified to see an inclusion of someone in blackface in this mural, the gun they are holding becomes a secondary concern. I also have a question as to why the men appear to be named but not the women?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 3, 2018

History On The Wall… Part One.

The mural behind the Greymouth Evening Star car park is far bigger than I first thought.  Upon closer inspection I found that it’s a tapestry of historical events and people of special note (or notoriety) in Greymouth and the West Coast. Some very big events took place here, and there are too many photographs for one post, so I’ll do this in two parts. This part attempts to follow the top row of elements in the mural from left to right…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(I missed photographing the next one, on the top row, it’s fuzzy because of the distance I took the photograph from (first photo in this post). Even zooming in with “Paint”, all I can make out is the headline of the caption: “Runanga Payroll Robbery” and the rest of the text is blurry. What I don’t understand is why there seems to be a picture of a War Memorial next to this caption (missed getting that photo too) and I’m no too sure how the two are connected.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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this one above goes below the following photo

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

There are plenty more of these amazing pictures and their accompanying stories… they will be posted tomorrow.

December 2, 2018

History In The Working Of Coal…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

The town’s murals and statues leave absolutely no doubt that Greymouth is a town with a deep history in the working of coal.

Murals around any town are a fabulous way to liven up a built up area and Greymouth is no exception.

Himself and I continue our drive around until suddenly I spot another mural, this time on the side wall of the Greymouth Evening Star offices.

Naturally Himself pulls over and I go to get photographs.

There is a car parked along the opposite wall so I had to get a slightly more side-on view but this is another clear tribute to the coal industry that was massive on the West Coast. In fact it dawns on me that as a kid we had a playground game where we would take turns trying to say “West Coast Coal” as fast as possible twenty times. It’s harder than you think, especially when you are trying to beat the speed of the friend who’s turn it was before you. Added to the impressiveness of this mural is the yet another one I spy just a few metres away behind it that has me waving and pointing to Himself in the car that I’m off on a very short detour…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 1, 2018

Shantytown’s Kaitangata Steams Ahead… Kind of.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Greymouth’s next mural is a very striking one of a large steam train.

The name on the name plate is “KAITANGATA” and it is resident in the local tourist attraction; Shantytown.

Located 10 km south of Greymouth, Shantytown is more or less an open air museum, with thirty shops, gold panning possibilities, train rides and all sorts of things to delight visitors.

Their website;   Shantytown / Kaitangata steam train starts with th technical aspects: “KAITANGATA – Sharp Stewart & Co. Glasgow, Scotland. Makers # 4270 built 1896. 22 ton, 10.5 x 18 cylinders, 160lb BP, 36 inch wheels TE 7000lb.

The main stay of the railway at Shantytown since its opening in 1972 has been the ‘Improved F-Class Kaitangata’.

This engine is based on the N.Z.R. (New Zealand Railways) ‘F’ class, and was built for the Kaitangata Coal & Railway Co. to work the 8 kilometre line from the coal mine at Kaitangata to the N.Z.R. exchange sidings at Stirling.
The coal company and railway were taken over by the State Mines Department in the 1950’s with the locomotive continuing to operate the railway until the mine closed in 1969. In February 1971 the locomotive was donated to Shantytown.”

I remember going to Shantytown once as a kid, but so long ago that I can’t remember if it was a school trip or a family one. What I remember was attempting to do some gold panning in a long trough. My biggest memory?: That the water was freezing cold! (the things that kids remember from trips when they were young!). My later visits included the area, but not Shantytown, and on this particular visit with my own family we didn’t have time for any extra excursions because we have appointments to meet up with friends in Hanmer Springs in a few days.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 30, 2018

Parking Up For The Night…

Todays Greymouth mural is one that is just around the corner from a business I featured on my blog a little earlier but it took us a little while to make the connection between the mural and which business it belonged to. The “Central Park Camping” business is located tucked behind the Challenge petrol station on street in front of it. It’s a budget campsite that provides coin operated showers and laundromat and also fast wi-fi internet. It sounds from the reviews to be a safe, central spot for visitors in vehicles who just want to park up somewhere cheap for the night as they travel around New Zealand.

Central Park Camping // 119 Tainui St, Greymouth 7805  // New Zealand

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 28, 2018

Speeding Past The Beauty Of The Bay…

The next of Greymouth’s murals was one that I sadly only got a fleeting glimpse of.  I also only got one photograph but I’ve put this here because I liked it a lot, and to remind me to take a better photo of it if we are able to return here in the near future.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 27, 2018

Café Wall Art…

Driving around Greymouth in the South Island’s West Coast, Himself and I get the chance to enjoy some of the local artworks. This mural was on the wall of a local café. I think that the styalized bird is a white heron, a beautiful bird found in various parts of the South Island, but especially on the West Coast.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 16, 2018

Lady In A Cage… Impressive!

Yet another of the amazing murals in the Christchurch city centre. New Zealand artists are certainly proving their creativity. This mural was sealed off behind construction work barricades, so closer inspection was not possible, but even from afar it’s clear to see this this artists work is impressive.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 15, 2018

Lizards And Their Ghetto-Blasters, They Rock!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch visited New Zealand during the Christmas holiday of December 2017-January 2018.

I was busy catching up with family and friends in Christchurch  but of course there was a little bit of free time squeezed into our schedule for sightseeing.

By “sightseeing” I mean checking out as much of the city as we could to gain an insight into how far the city has progressed into the rebuild after the devastating earthquakes of 2010 and 2011.

The kids were not interested in looking at “old buildings and empty stuff”, and after a series of early morning starts due our travel schedule, both were begging for a long lay in, and no early starts to our days activities.

Himself and I therefore grabbed the opportunity to check out the city whilst our offspring snored gently in their little warm nests.

There are many beautiful murals all over the city: part of a beautification plan to give the locals and visitors some colour and a smile on walls suddenly made visible by the removal of so many buildings due to quake damage. It’s also a testament to the creativity of a city and the talent of their artists.

The far side of the large Worcester Street / Oxford Terrace mural contains just as much humour as the first section I revealed here two days ago: the theme centres around bicycles and we see all manner of contraptions here; there are birds on bike, one doing that thing that all kids have done at one time or other: sticking out our arms and pretending to fly, the irony being of course that these are birds and they actually can fly.

There are giraffes’, orca’s, moles, along the bottom of the mural, and what may be a dog, capturing on film the antics of the birds and stunts by the animal in crash-helmet and gloves ready to descend the staircase on his bike. My favourite creature has to be the lizard with the ghetto-blaster, never has rendering a geometric pattern on an animal been so becoming. Building work goes on in Oxford Terrace, I’m expecting that the “new” is coming to Christchurch and maybe it’s not coming on bicycles but it’s coming fast.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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September 14, 2018

A Naked Cyclist And Dog’s Reaction…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

In yesterday’s post I talked about the mind games that the creator of the large mural near the Worcester Street and Oxford Terrace were playing on the viewer.

The mural looks like a broken off piece of something larger but on closer inspection probably isn’t.

I wonder how many people have walked past this mural and only given it a passing glance?

The artist has a wicked sense of humour and has added a few details for the viewer who takes the time to look closely at their work.

Most of the characters in this piece are on bicycles, this character is no exception.

The artist has depicted animals on the bikes and they are unclothed, as of course animals usually are.

This additional “animal” however is a human being and he is also unclothed, bar two accessory’s, a backpack and a cap.

So we have a naked cyclist. What makes this funny though is that the mole in the sunglasses races next to him totally engrossed in the race, the reaction of (What I think is) a dog behind him is completely different, he is raising his sunglasses to check that he really is seeing the bare derriere in front of him, the look on his face tells us that he wishes he hadn’t just done that.

TMI (Too Much Information) is how my kids would put it. The look on his face tells us that once seen he can no longer “unsee” what he has just seen, he wishes he could do that too.

This made me giggle, what a brilliant inclusion. I am liking this artist more and more and more. The rest of the animals in the race are concentrated on the race and  completely oblivious to this, so here we have a small story being told within the bigger story depicted on this wall. The nudity is perfectly done, a quick passing glace would see the backpack and assume clothing underneath it, there is nothing garish or trashy about the way the message about the nudity is revealed. It’s the perfect “insider” joke. Once you see it you can’t unsee it… the dog’s reaction makes me giggle again.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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