Posts Tagged ‘mural’

The Book Discussion Scheme is the source of books and reading notes for our book group.  The scheme (BDS) is a not-for-profit organisation that started 43 years ago under the auspices of the Canterbury Workers’ Education Association.  They provide monthly books to more than 1,200 groups throughout New Zealand, and it’s all run from their busy premises in Colombo Street.  Group members pay $60 per year, which entitles them to ten books.   Members all read the same book at the same time, then meet to discuss it, answer questions, and develop friendships.  The BDS offices have appropriate murals by Wongi Wilson at their front door.

I’m aware there are some groups where people read different books, then share their ideas, and others where everyone buys the featured book each month.  Do you belong to a book club?

“Our members all have undertook
to try to read the monthly book.”


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The Awly building on the corner of Armagh and Durham Streets is an interesting addition to our new inner city.  It’s a shame that access is difficult at present due to the tremendous disruption in Durham Street.  The building has a Five Green Star rating, the first in Christchurch to achieve this, post-earthquakes.


The most attractive aspect of the building is its inner courtyard


with a mural by Wayner Youle, sponsored by Meridian, whose new offices are in the building.


You can learn more about the mural here.  A convenience store has opened on the ground floor of the Awly building on the Armagh Street side.


The store will be an asset to this corner of the CBD, once the Durham Street mess is sorted out.  I understand a bakery is to come as well.

“Access right now is rather poorly
with road works all around the Awly.”



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Many Murals

Dunedin has artworks covering many city walls.  The first I saw was a tuatara nibbling at its tail, which reminded me of an ouroboros.


I enjoyed all of them, and am sorry not to be able to acknowledge the artists.

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“The city walls festooned with art
bring joy to any walker’s heart.”

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This mural at the corner of Gloucester and Manchester Streets promotes “Rising Tide” a book which aims to help children 8-12 years deal with anxiety.  The artist is Richard ‘Pops’ Baker.

“This book will help to guide folks through
post-quake concerns that worry you.”

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Hinewai Hero

Great to see this portrait of botanist Hugh Wilson on a wall in the Restart Mall.

Portrait of Hugh Wilson by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

Portrait of Hugh Wilson by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada

Since 1987 Hugh has managed the Hinewai Reserve on Banks Peninsula, and is renowned for regularly cycling from there into the city.

“His work protects the native bush
and gives ecology a push.”

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Cathedral Square has a new mural.

Mural (Small)

This one’s on the side of the old Rydge’s Hotel car park.  It’s by Jacob Yikes, and apparently it’s the largest one he’s every done.  Rydges Hotel will be repaired, but the fate of the car park building is not yet decided.

“While they’re deciding what to do
the car park has become bright blue.”

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Two more murals were revealed as I walked around the High/Lichfield/Manchester Streets corner.  This one by Jacob Yikes and Leeya:

Mural by Jacob Yikes & Leeya (Small)

I couldn’t see a name on this one – could be Yikes as well.

Another mural at ManchesterLichfield High corner (Small)

We have so much street art now, and it helps to make up for the sad empty spaces.

“I walked around this day and relished
the art with which streets are embellished.”


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Jonathan Nichols has created new murals on the wall of the Millenium Hotel in Cathedral Square.



"The Laughing Buddha"

“The Laughing Buddha”

He invites people to write comments on them – sensible, as people probably will anyway.

I actually took more photos, but have managed to lose them (Grrrrr).  Since I moved to Windows 10 a week ago I’ve had to find new ways to download and edit my photos, and this is the second time I’ve lost some.  I will have to learn to do all my editing before I delete photos from my camera!  I might have retrieved them from the Recycle bin, but that contained over 3,000 files and I couldn’t easily identify them.  (My recycle bin has now been emptied.)

“I’m not so keen on Windows Ten
when photos go AWOL again.”

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I like this new mural by Wongi Freak Wilson, which shows two children playing hide and seek.

Wongi Wilson Mural  (Small)

It’s on the corner of Manchester and Gloucester Streets.  Ironically the area in front of the artwork is a Wilson’s Car Park – I don’t expect they’re related.

“Two children’s portraits now appear
and brighten up this corner here.”

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How do people manage to climb up and tag tall buildings?  This graffiti is at the top of the Millenium Hotel in Cathedral Square (on the Hereford Street side).

Graffiti on Millenium (Small)

Somehow they must have got up to the roof, then hung over the edge and written the word upside down.  Perhaps they abseiled?

Such tags are unlikely to be removed because of the cost and the danger involved.

“These taggers are extremely bold
and their bright tags are manifold.”



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