Local Heart, Global Soul

October 9, 2019

Is There A Lost Property Box For Murals?

Filed under: ART,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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As in the case of yesterday’s mural, this one has escaped my labelling system so I have no clue where I took the photographs. It could be Rotterdam, but could also be Haarlem, were we visited one weekend. I’m starting to feel like I need a “Lost Property” box for photographs like these.  I could also be completely wrong and it could be somewhere else that I can’t remember in my moment(s) of brain fade.

Once again, location is not the biggest feature or factor of this mural; beauty is. This is a bold statement piece, it’s full of details and vibrant colours so anyone who walks or drives this way often can find something new even after weeks or months. It’s on a busy intersection, the red light worked in my favour this time, keeping the car still was one thing, getting a photograph between traffic passing in the other direction. Luckily, “Sport” on the DSLR enables me to take rapid photos one after another, the chip allows me to take my twenty pictures and then delete all but these two, and my Blog enables me to share them. Hurrah for the Digital Age!!!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 8, 2019

Beautiful No Matter Where It Is…

Filed under: ART,LIFE,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Himself has been ferrying me back and forth to multiple hospital appointments in recent months and in addition to that I’ve tagged along on a few of Little Mr’s Fire Station hunts so on one chips sometimes I end up with a few photos where I scratch my head and think: “Was that there?, or There?, Or There?!”.
I think there are ways to track down where you took a photograph but if I’m honest I’m lazy and I have enough technical issues with computer as it is.
So, the biggest chances are that this Mural is in Delft, Leiden or Rotterdam (but could be somewhere else in South Holland too since I’m a bit out of synk at the moment). In the end, never mind, we can enjoy it’s beauty and the creative spirit that made it.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 29, 2019

An Unexpected Find!

Filed under: ART,Mural,PHOTOGRAPHY,ROTTERDAM,Rotterdam Harbour/Port,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Leaving the “2nd Maasvlakte’ area of the Port of Rotterdam, I spot this mural. It’s stylized representation of a large container ship, containers on a train that snakes away on the right (or maybe they are containers arriving?) and the port cranes and docks in the background, means that you have to take a good look to figure it all out. Regular readers will know that I delight in seeing blank walls filled with art, they also know that more abstract design is not really my thing. That doesn’t stop me from enjoying this though. Art ! ,,,way out here in the industrial area of a port… I’m loving this find!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

September 6, 2019

We’re Gonna Need A Bigger …. Hat!

There are hundreds of giant silos around Rotterdam Harbour. Filled with things like chemicals, natural gas, and petroleum, they come in many different varieties of “round”. Some are in reinforced barrels of every size from large oxygen tank size to these massive round structures, which I think are gas tanks. Someone wanted to brighten up the view and since these gas tanks look like giant hat boxes, they decided to paint one of them like a hat box! Brilliant idea!

This “box” incorporates the Vopak company name into the “label”, features a buckle-up style strap on the side of the “box”, and a hat decoration illustration on the other side. Needless to say I think this is an excellent idea. Not only do decorative landmarks help people navigate around a site filled with many featureless silos that all look identical, but they add a little bit of “colour” to an otherwise bland landscape, which must surely lift the spirits of people who travel past it. At least it made me smile when I saw this!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

December 31, 2018

No Ordinary “Graffitti”…

Between the small Zeeuws village of Bruinisse and the holiday park where we are staying is a bridge. When I first passed beneath it I though it was just covered with graffiti, but on subsequent drives past it I realised it was what looks like a local community project, with specific illustrations. Unfortunately to my regret I didn’t get proper close up photographs of them, a pity because this looks better and better the more I look.

Bruinisse, Graffitti, Bridge, Overpass, Art

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Bruinisse, Graffitti, Bridge, Overpass, Art

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Bruinisse, Graffitti, Bridge, Overpass, Art

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Bruinisse, Graffitti, Bridge, Overpass, Art

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Bruinisse, Graffitti, Bridge, Overpass, Art

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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)

(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)

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)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(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)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

this one above goes below the following photo

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(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)

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