Local Heart, Global Soul

March 4, 2018

Sitting On Big, Bold, Beautiful Forms…

Here’s another “arty” type post from the Singapore Flyer building. In the area between the ticket office and the place where you go up to go onto the observation wheel, is a seating area. Of course I would not be featuring them if they were “just seats”. These ones are bright and quirky, and in a design that catches the eye. I dare presume that they are also seen by young children and toddlers as excellent climbing equipment, or for that game where the child feels compelled to complete a full circle of something, possibly holding the hand of a parent: similar to walking the length of low walls.
It’s not just a kid magnet either, plenty of adults appear to have made themselves comfortable too. Most of all it is quirky, and who doesn’t love quirky? In art I am more a lover of texture, line and pattern. Others art lovers like these too but prefer big, bold, beautiful forms, full of colour. To those people, this post is especially dedicated.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 21, 2017

Seats To The Upright Position Please, The Film Is about To Commence…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s not unusual for museums, exhibition centres and historic sites to show short films to visitors.

Sometime these films depict an introduction, or show series of events, but they all need to seat the public whilst the film is being shown.

Himself and I have sat in many of  these  little “theatres”, from inside a rough little hut, seated on a chunk of sawn off log, seeing how maple syrup is made in Vermont and Maine, to sophisticated theatres in large commercial productions, we have sat in all manner of theatres and seats.

The one in the Air Force and War museum on the Dutch island of Texel during the Easter weekend of 2016 however, is one we will not easily forget.

In keeping with the nature of the museum, all of the seats in the theatre who’s films guide us through some of the regions history, are aircraft seats!

They were very comfortable, and for me a welcome change to rest my leg for a short while.  I have to confess that I could easily have gotten comfortable enough in here to have had a little nap after looking at the film, but the rest of the museum beckons.

Not only are the seats aircraft seats, but the theatre is also shaped like the inside of an aircraft. Himself didn’t say anything at the time, but mentioned on the way home that this was one little movie theatre that he really liked and won’t forget in a hurry, I hadn’t mentioned it when we were in there either but I had exactly the same thought!

April 5, 2012

Needing a Breather… Let’s Take a Seat…

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

One of the things that people said they really wanted in Napier after the 1931 earthquake were wide streets.

This was duly incorporated into the rebuild of the city and  gives a lovely relaxed feel to the shopping area.

There is also plenty of room for public seating,  something achieved here by placing simple large , white geometric  Deco inspired  forms  down the length of the shopping area.

On the top of these seats there are all sorts of Art Deco styled motifs in various tile designs.

Some of these are different,  with a more abstract, Pacific and Maori inspired designs within their patterns. These  ones were in  silver and gold colours.

I didn’t get photographs of them all because naturally enough sometimes people were busy sitting on these seats and well, it’s strange enough to be the kind of  foodie photographer who takes photos of their food in a restaurant or cafe before eating … but I draw the line at photographing people’s derrières whilst they sit in public places!

There is one photo that kind of looks like it might have been someone sitting there, rest assured it’s not,  it’s a coat that some people in a group next to the seat had put down on it whilst they had a chat close by. I think that they quite rightly figured that the camera lady on crutches wasn’t exactly going to grab it and sprint off it with it!

What was extra nice for me too was that I used these seats as  convenient resting places whilst making my way back to where Himself and a kids were, but  in the end they met me half way so these are the photos I managed to get during the smaller amount of walking that I did 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)

July 1, 2011

The Mosaic of Peace…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Today’s post is another taken from my archive  of photos taken last summer.

These are arty, sculptural,  functional seats that stand outside of the Vredespaleis  (Peace Palace) gates.

Obviously the theme is “Peace” and for me at least, mosaic is a perfect choice of medium, after all, are we not wishing and striving for Peace amongst all styles and colourful cultures of humanity?

And are we not all bonded together on this planet,  looking  to fit all our various shapes together in harmony?

I know all is far from perfect in the world, but I do think that for all but a very few selfish people, that Peace is something  most of us would all love to see in our world in our lifetime.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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