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May 15, 2018

Artworks Made Of Blocks…

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These large LEGO pieces are artworks in their own right…

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May 14, 2018

Building… And Painting With LEGO!

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Family Kiwidutch’s visit to Wellington New Zealand’s’ Te Papa continues and our investigation of the impressive LEGO exhibition advances.

LEGO has been used here not only in construction of large ad beautiful buildings, but also amazingly enough, paintings!

Georges-Pierre Seurat (2 December 1859 – 29 March 1891) was a French post-Impressionist painter and draftsman. Noted for innovative use of drawing media and devising the painting techniques known as chromoluminarism and pointillism.

Seurat’s artistic personality was compounded of qualities usually supposed to be opposed and incompatible: extreme, delicate sensibility; and passion for logical abstraction, almost mathematical precision of mind.

His large-scale work, “Dimanche d’été à la Grande Jatte” (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte) (1884–1886), altered the direction of modern art by initiating Neo-impressionism, and is one of the icons of late 19th-century painting.

The painting shows members of each of the social classes participating in various park activities.

The tiny juxtaposed dots of multi-colored paint allow the viewer’s eye to blend colors optically, rather than having the colors physically blended on the canvas.

It took Seurat two years to complete this 10-foot-wide (3.0 m) painting, much of which he spent in the park sketching in preparation for the work (there are about 60 studies). It is now in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

Da Vinci has been called the father of paleontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.

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The “Mona Lisa” has been described as: “the best known, the most visited, written about, sung about, parodied work of art in the world”. Also one of the most valuable paintings in the world, it holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history, worth nearly $800 million in 2017.

The Oriental Pearl Tower has fifteen observatory levels. The highest (known as the Space Module) is at 350 m (1148 ft).A revolving restaurant is located in the 267 m (876 ft) level. There ae also: exhibition facilities, a small shopping center in the structure and a 20-room hotel called the Space Hotel between the two large spheres. The upper observation platform has an outside area with a 1.5 inch glass floor.

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Here also is this piece is called: Zeus at Olympia…

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Wikipedia / Georges Seurat / French / Post-Impressionist / Pointillism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georges_Seurat

Wikipedia / A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (French: Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte / Pointillism / Painting
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Sunday_Afternoon_on_the_Island_of_La_Grande_Jatte

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonardo_da_Vinci
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_Lisa
Wikipedia / Leonardo da Vinci / The Mona Lisa / Renaissance / Painting

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Pearl_Tower
Wikipedia / Oriental Pearl Tower / TV tower / Shanghai / China

May 13, 2018

Architecture: Old And Older…

Filed under: ART,LEGO,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,WELLINGTON,Wellington. Te PaPa — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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My next LEGO post is about two beautiful buildings, The first built deep in the centuries before Christ, and known as one of the Seven Wonders of the world; Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.

The other having it’s beginning in the 12th century after Christ and finished in the 14th: the leaning Tower of Pisa.

The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus was a tomb built between 353 and 350 BC at Halicarnassus (present Bodrum, Turkey) for Mausolus, a satrap in the Persian Empire, and his sister-wife Artemisia II of Caria.

The structure was designed by the Greek architects Satyros and Pythius of Priene.

The Mausoleum was approximately 45 m (148 ft) in height, and the four sides were adorned with sculptural reliefs, each created by one of four Greek sculptors—Leochares, Bryaxis, Scopas of Paros and Timotheus.

The finished structure of the mausoleum was considered to be such an aesthetic triumph that Antipater of Sidon identified it as one of his Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It was destroyed by successive earthquakes from the 12th to the 15th century, the last surviving of the six destroyed wonders.

The tower at Pisa is a free standing bell tower, with leaning problems from very early on in it’s construction due to soil subsidence and insufficient foundations to support the structure’s weight.Famous of course for its lean and the various attempts in the course of its` history to stop it from falling down. Interestingly enough one fact about the tower has always made me smile; engineers right from the beginning of the Towers history always wanted to correct the lean, but their instructions were “not too much, otherwise the tourists would not keep coming”.

I think that it’s one of the most visited landmarks in the world, so tourism so far has not been a problem. It’s a place on my bucket list for sure. I’m more surprised that since Italy is in an active earthquake zone, that Mother Nature hasn’t long since shaken this little building off it’s perch.

There is a simple delicacy of style to this building that in my mind reinforces the idea that the structure is fragile. I was surprised to see how well the builder of this LEGO piece captured and displayed that idea. There has been a lot of thought gone into achieving this. The Brickworld LEGO exhibition here in Wellington, New Zealand has been full of surprises… excellent ones so far!

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mausoleum_at_Halicarnassus
Wikipedia / Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

Wikipedia / Leaning Tower of Pisa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leaning_Tower_of_Pisa

May 12, 2018

The Crown Jewels Of LEGO…

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Continuing from yesterday’s post here are some more of the LEGO wonders:

Berg Eltz Castle…

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Big Ben, the nickname given to the clock in the Houses of Parliament building in London, England.

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Also in London: the Crown Jewels. Due to the use of clear bricks these had a certain sparkle under the lights…

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Then there were the Faberge eggs, but unlike the Crown Jewels set, did not use the white or clear bricks to advantage, which left them with no sparkle effect and in my humble opinion, despite the obvious effort and intricacy, let the final result down.

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May 11, 2018

All Legends In One Way Or Another…

Filed under: ART,LEGO,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Wellington. Te PaPa — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Visiting the LEGO Exhibition in Wellington, New Zealand between Christmas and New Year 2017, we find some amazing models. not only were there the large exhibition pieces, there were also sections where visitors could get creative and build too. As the saying goes, a “picture is worth a thousand words” so these need very little commentary…

The treasure of ancient Egypt…

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A nod to a certain Indianna Jones movie…

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Hanging Gardens of Babylon…

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The America’s Cup Boat race might not be on of the wonders of the word, but in the case of New Zealand’s history in the race, and the strength of national support, maybe in the heart of every Kiwi, it is.

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Brooklyn bridge…

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Colossus of Rhodes…

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Dragon Boat racing has become a large sport inside New Zealand, with many companies fielding teams against one another…

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May 10, 2018

Major Landmarks Bricked Up…

Filed under: ART,LEGO,NEW ZEALAND,WELLINGTON,Wellington. Te PaPa — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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In Wellington New Zealand between Christmas and New Year of 2017, Family Kiwidutch visited a Lego Exhibition.

We went with extended family of our hosts, but since the ages of the kids varied considerably, we quickly split up and everyone goes around at their own pace.

I take photographs as best I can from the wheelchair, but these kind of things are always busy, kids jostling and pointing at things, so I ended up deleting a ton of photographs containing excited, blurred fingers and arms.

Still, this is a kid event so I can completely expect this and everyone is having fun, including me, so it’s a tiny inconvenience.

They labelled this exhibit “Wonders of the world” but it would be more accurate in my opinion to call it “Famous landmarks past and present’.

There were information boards with everything from historical descriptions of the places to notes from the builders of each piece. Sadly the light was so low that almost none of the boards I photographed were legible. Still, I get mange some photos of these impressive pieces, the attention to detail in many of them is truly amazing. This is where major landmarks, … get bricked up!

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May 9, 2018

Common Sense Also On Display…

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Spending Christmas 2017 with friends in Wainuiamata, outside of Wellington New Zealand, Family Kiwidutch strike activity gold for Little Mr. in the shape of a Lego Exhibition.

It’s being held in the Te Papa centre, located in central Wellington.

The only upside of needing to use my wheels for things like this is that we can use the wheelchair parking spots, the people on duty around the car park were friendly and had no problem with me displaying a European disability card in the window of the car instead of the New Zealand version.

With the worry of finding a car park dealt with we headed inside and up to the level where the exhibition was being held.

Outside the entrance of the exhibition is a small “pop-up” shop, containing of course, Lego toys. I spy a special box for displaying eight Lego Mini-figs and take a closer look because Little Mr’s Birthday was looming fast. It’s a brilliant idea, and a storage box that I’ve never seen before, so I was fairly well set to make a purchase. That stopped though as soon as I saw the price, $39.00 ! For a piece of Branded divided plastic it was ridiculous. Add to this the no small fact that Little Mr has at least one hundred mini-figures, even if I considered searching for these in the Netherlands, in my opinion this is seriously overpriced.

Our group had not all gone inside at this point so Little Mr joined me (knowing I have a soft spot for Lego and that he might be able to manipulate into a purchase) even before I’d said a word he turned the box over, saw the price and said “Don’t buy it Mama, it’s far too expensive”. He agreed that he loved the idea of it, but was equally horrified at the cost. As he wisely said: “If I housed all my mini-figs in these it would be an amazing display, but the money we would have spent could have gone into buying a lot of bricks!”

No, I’m not thinking of spending vast amounts of money on Lego bricks, but he showed wisdom and maturity in comparing the cost of one item with how bricks or a set he could have gotten for the same price. We go inside where he finds his father and they disappear into the crowd. There is a small slit type window where a little cut-out of the harbour scene momentarily steals my attention. Inside a lot of Lego bricks await.

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May 8, 2018

This Historic Building Took A Jolt…

Filed under: ART,NEW ZEALAND,Objet d'art,PHOTOGRAPHY,Wellington & Region — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Continuing from yesterday’s post, we have traveled into Wellington for a special exhibition, chosen specifically by Little Mr.

We see various historic buildings, some of which are closed for repairs.

The Kaikoura / Hanmer Springs earthquake of November 2016, and several other quakes before and after it, have also ben a wake-up call for New Zealand’s capital city.

Historic buildings have been especially hard hit and now that the standard of the already tough building code has been increased yet again to allow for the even larger quakes that have been hitting.

Therefore many buildings in the city need additional strengthening to some degree or another.

Even though it’s being done for safety reasons, it’s sad to see beautiful buildings boarded up and fenced off.

The exhibition we will be going to is located in the Te Papa center, but before we get to that section, there are displays and souvenirs of Maori style items, so I take a look around. Some of these items were for usable for spinning and weaving, so I immediately thought of fellow artisan and long time reader “Lulu” who shares my passion for thread and fabric. The little Kiwi’s I photographed because they caught my eye, I found them a challenge with all of those shiny surfaces. The coasters indulge my passion for shapes… so along with all of the architectural detail this post turned out to be unintentionally arty!

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May 7, 2018

A Soggy Journey Into The City…

Family Kiwidutch are staying with friends near Wellington for Christmas 2017. After Christmas Day we head into the city to see an exhibition is on the wish list of Little Mr. We make the journey from Wainuiomata, the weather is less than ideal but at least the temperature is still nice and warm. The North Island is being hit by the tail end of a storm that hit Australia, it’s raining over pretty much off and on all over the North Island at that moment.

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May 6, 2018

Cherry Lovers Find A New Delight…

Filed under: FOOD,NEW ZEALAND,PHOTOGRAPHY,Wellington region: Wainuiomata — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Spending our 2017 Christmas Day in Wainuiomata, just outside of Wellington, we came of course bearing gifts.

But in addition to the ones destined to go under the Christmas tree there were also some gifts for the dinner table.

Our journey from Christchurch to Picton means passing through Blenheim, a region world famous for it’s award winning wines.

Less known is that both Blenheim and Central Otago in the south of the South Island both enjoy being the primary growing regions of cherries.

They both also grow apricots and Otago, many more stone fruit. We have been fortunate on our last two travels to find roadside stalls in Blenheim where we can get boxes of freshly  (that morning!)picked cherries.

I bought two boxes, one the “typical” dark red variety but the other, one new to me. It’s lighter in colour, a bright reddy-orange-yellow in parts with a white inside.

At first, I was more than a little suspicious that these cherries were not ripe, but no… this variety is supposed to look like this. I got to taste-test a few at the road side stall… hmmm, these are seriously good. In Wainuiomata our hosts and other friends also delighted in my find and agreed that the taste was fabulous. Both boxes started emptying at a steady rate. Our friends also were amazed at the prices, I paid NZD 20,– for each large box, far, far less than what they would have paid at supermarkets in the neighbourhood, or even in Lower Hutt or Wellington. The Cook Straight ferry crossing adds unavoidable transport costs to produce travelling in either direction. If we see these again in Blenheim, we will be snapping them up as quickly as we can.

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