Local Heart, Global Soul

January 12, 2017

Photographs Do Not Do Justice To Ward…

Filed under: ART,Kaikoura & Region,Mural,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
Tags: ,
(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Three years ago, whilst heading south on State Highway One in the South Island of New Zealand, we stopped in the mega tiny town of Ward.

I’m not certain what the current state of the town is after the November 2016 earthquakes in the region that have closed the road closer to Kaikoura, but we loved our stop here.

The staff were super friendly, the food was very good, the ambience in general could be summed up as “homely”.

There was a mural on the wall of another building close by: it was only later that I realised that there was probably an explanation in the text next to it, sadly I didn’t get a photograph of it before I realised.

Ward is a beautiful little place, my over exposed photographs from my damaged camera doesn’t do the place justice by any stretch.

(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)

October 25, 2016

Since 1570 The City Evolved And Grew…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I am often busy with hospital  appointments.

Since various specialists are dotted around the region, I have unwittingly found myself patient in more than half a dozen hospitals.

One of these is near the center of The Hague and is called “Ziekenhuis HMC Westeinde’, and it’s just outside of the car park of this hospital that I found an unexpected gem.

On the end wall of a building located on the corner of Lange Lombardstraat and Korte Lombardstraat is a beautiful mural.

The text at the bottom of the map tells me that this is a map from 1570, and from my knowledge of the city I can see that the location of the current map translates roughly to the spot near the middle “orchard” looking drawing in the bottom left hand corner that I then marked with an arrow.

At first I thought that the buildings above the arrow that form a nice square and  produce the courtyard of which has a sort of “x” inside it, could be a representation of the Hofje van Nieuwkoop, which still stands today.

Upon checking the dates it became apparent that the Hofje van Nieuwkoop was built at least one hundred years after 1570, so the map here does not show that. The spot that I marked with a red arrow is therefore just a rough estimation of where I was standing when I took these photographs, many, many buildings and streets have been added in the intervening almost four hundred and fifty years. Many prominent features, locations and buildings are still recognizable but the image in the map represents The Hague a world away. Cities of course evolve, grow and take on many different forms as centuries come and go. My city is no different.  I adore local art like this, and can only hope that more people appreciate it as much as I 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)

 

 

September 5, 2016

A Peaceful Car Journey, An Excellent Way To Start The Day…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Last summer we lost our little guest halfway through our German holiday because her Grandparents were camping just over the Dutch border and picked her up from where we were near Stadtkyll so that she could spend some time with them before she had to go back to school.

Like all parents we knew that once the extra “peacekeeper-child” was gone, we would have to do more to keep our kids from trying to ignite World War Three as their new favourite pastime, with Himself and I having to referee in the role as the UN and possibly the Red Cross.

This meant looking for a nice place to visit further afield.

Out came the maps and brochures and after a small consultation (between Himself and myself only: getting two people to agree on something is far easier than four, especially squabbling kids who would purposely not agree with one another just for spite) we decided that we would head south to Trier. Along the way we saw a various arrangement of vehicles (this generally means an exited scream from the back of the car “Porsche!”, “Alfa Romeo!”… and a whole range of other brand names and series numbers that only display my ignorance of all things automobile.

I managed to photograph the iron cattle sculptures that decorated a large roundabout, a coup, we had been past this twice before on our local sightseeing forays and my previous pics where fuzzy lop-sided unuseable efforts. I saw a large tree heaving under the weight of clusters of red berries (the road beneath it looked like a crime scene before clean up).

We saw a large mural featuring cats, dogs, horses and their owners, done in only orange and brown on a white background, but a graphic masterpiece in style and composition.Maybe it was a veterinary practice, or an animal rescue center? The kids laughed because the number plate of one of the cars in front of us spelled “tram”, I got a photo of the glare that hit us on some stretches of the journey (not complaining though, this was a VERY welcome fabulous day after all the rain this holiday!) .The kids spotted that the con trails of three planes above us made a neat star, or asterisk, and all in all it was a peaceful car journey, an excellent way to start the day!

(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)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

More solar panels… YES!!!!

(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)

May 4, 2016

The Pleasant Surprises Keep Coming…

Visiting the Rijksmuseum and heading towards where the “Nightwatch” is located, visitors are first stunned by the expace of stained glass before them. Then they slowy become aware that the wall to their left is full of painted images. Again I had a low viewpoint sitting in the wheelchair, and my zoom lens simply could not do these pieces justice. There are also tiled panels in the floor depicting the seasons, ” Winter” and  “Herfst” (Autumn) are at this end of this large landing, Summer and Spring must be in the far corner. I mean to get back to these paintings and tiles later but there was so much to see I didn’t  manage it on this occasion. I’ve added this wall to my ” want to return to” list for the future, and managed to get these shots before my friends wheeled me away…

(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)

(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 26, 2016

Street Art To Brighten Your Day…

 “Het Haags Openbaar Vervoer Museum” (the Hague Public Transport Museum) is located on the Parallelweg and on our way home we pass by a row of houses that are due for demolition. It’s become customary in many of these instances for local artists to decorate the boarded up buildings with artworks in the weeks between the tenants moving out and the buildings being torn down. I assume that it take a while for the demolition teams to remove old pipes, wiring and other items that may be reclaimed and recycled. Himself needs to get back home to get some work out, so we stop for enough time for me to get some better photographs than our quick drive-by glance on the way here. Sadly I didn’t realise until the last moment that there were more artworks around the corner… Still, half is better than none, right? You know I love this kind of thing, art should always brighten your day…

(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 5, 2016

Here’s A Mural… Hang On…..Going UP !!!

You know I love quirky stuff… so when my 93 year old Mother-in-Law was recently recuperating in a care home after leaving hospital after a bout of serious illness.  The central hall has a lift that takes visitors and residents to the upper floors… nothing unusual about that of course. What is unusual is the shape of the wall around the lift shaft… it’s sort of triangular shape with the rectangular lift inside it. One side of the lift is glass (or maybe Perspex) so you can see into the lift from the outside. Both the lift and the lift shaft around it are decorated so you have decorations all around you as you go up in the lift. The decorations are bright and colourful and I’ve never seen a lift like it… (The first photo was taken when the lift was still on one of the upper floors).

(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 4, 2016

The Farm Has Been Swallowed Up…

In yesterday’s post I looked at a mural on the end of a row of flats that commemorated the Dutch writer Melis Stoke. Half a dozen blocks away, on the end of a similar row of flats there is another mural, this one a rural scene with a farmhouse, farm animals and local wildlife. In fact the farmhouse and farm is a representation of an actual farm  that stood in this area before the overwhelming tide of urbanisation swallowed the land. There is a very busy intersection here too so getting photographs was far more of a challenge than with the Melis Stoke mural. I’m delighted to see wonderful works of art on the end of what would otherwise dull ends of buildings. The farm may well be long gone but it’s spirit lives on in this mural. Wonderful !

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

April 3, 2016

Melis Stoke: The Writing Is On The Wall…

On the way to the place where my Mother in Law has recently been recuperating is across the city and Himself and I drove past this mural each time we visited. It’s on the end of an apartment block and is all about the Dutch writer Melis Stoker. (The Dutch surname “Stoke” is pronounced “stoke-er”) Wikipedia tells us:
Melis Stoke is a thirteenth century Dutch writer from Zeeland who in approximately 1290 wrote the “Rijmkroniek” a chronical in rhyme and thought to be one of the among the first books written in the Dutch language. Stoke learned to write in a monastery but it’s not known if he was a monk or not. ” (Check out the Wiki page link at the bottom of this post to see the beautiful illuminated manuscript).
There are streets and all sorts of places in the Netherlands named after Melis Stoker and I’m interested in finding out more about this famous Dutchman some time in the future.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Dutch writer: Melis Stoke

March 29, 2016

Known To All And To All A Stranger…A Surprise Mural

In my last post from our surprise weekend away:  we were driving back to the Hague when I spotted a large mural on the side of a building. I have no idea what the phrase “Known to all and to all a stranger” is supposed to mean but it certainly is eye-catching… as are the artworks that go with it.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

January 25, 2016

Accidental Findings Of Faces On The Buildings…

Filed under: ART,ICELAND,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,Reykjavik — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
Tags: ,
(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Family Kiwidutch took a long weekend break to ‎Reykjavík, Iceland, in February 2014 and although we were not sure what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised on many levels.

We have been making ourselves somewhat familiar with Reykjavík, combining sightseeing from the car with short stops around the city, and more lengthy stops in shops and the Northern Lights Exhibition.

Driving around both on the way out and the return trip to our hotel we managed to get lost more than once, as is our usual habit.

This meant that we ended up driving around the port area a second time, this time going in the opposite direction than the first (or more a circle) and suddenly we spotted yet more murals on buildings there.

Himself, who knows the drill was already finding a place to pull over so that I could get photographs before I even asked.

I assume, that since these look similar in style to the ones we found earlier that they are probably by the same artist(s).  I’m not too sure if we have discovered all of the murals in the “series”, who knows if getting lost more frequently would turn up more examples or not, but I am certainly delighted that we found these by accident and that I can add these to my mural “collection”.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Next Page »

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.