November 19, 2008
The Tauranga Art Gallery is usually what brings me into the city centre. I’ve seen some great photo exhibitions as well as work by artists of many different styles- Jim Cooper and Colin McCahon being 2 of my favorite NZ artsists to have had work here. There’s been international artists too though!
When I was there yesterday I was struck by the contrast of the multimillion dollar building and the carpark just up the road.
I actually like the character of the old buildings at the back of the carpark better than the modern lines of the art gallery. That said I definately enjoy what I’ve seen on the inside!
October 23, 2008
One of the many towers and apartment blocks in the city centre. I do venture into the CBD on occasion!
October 11, 2008
In the city centre, in the same area as the big sculpture shown on day 5 are quite a few of these big mosaics. Each one measures approx 2.5m x 2.5m. They are part of the footpath and no one makes any attempt to walk around them. These are just a selection of them but one day I intend on doing a mosaic walk and photographing all of the mosaics.
The first is in the style of Maori Tribal designs, although it’s not strictly traditional.
The 2nd is a brightly coloured abstract and I’m not sure of it’s relevance to the area. Perhaps the sun over the ocean and boats coming to shore?
The 3rd is most definately a Maori design. Black, red and white are traditionally associated with the maori culture and this geometric pattern has been repeated in many weavings.
The 4th mosaic depicts Mount Maunganui, a koru (fern frond uncurling, life) and the ocean which surrounds our area.
You can see a 5th mosaic at my photo challenge blog if you wish.
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October 9, 2008
This lovely sculpture/water feature is at the ‘business’ end of the city centre where all the banks and investment brokers are within walking distance of the travel agents and library.
I didn’t know the man in the red shirt who appears in these photos, he originally came and sat on the sculpture but thought better of it when I appeared camera in hand. Click on the thumbnails to make them larger if you would like to see them in better detail.
GOOD NEWS: I’ve joined the City Daily Photo blog community so now Tauranga will be represented too. Awesome!