Jul 06 2016

Street Walk. Street art.

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2. 6/7/2016. All. Street Art Walk. Mid-Winter Lunch. E. Leaders: Bev, Judy and Alex.
31 members gathered at the Wharf Hotel car park and set out for a fascinating walk around Dunedin streets, viewing some of the amazing street art adorning our buildings’ walls.
First stop was just along the foreshore where mulled wine was served, (courtesy of Elaine and Judy), really hitting the spot on a coldish morning.  Then it was up and across the over-bridge to Jetty Street, to Princes St and Manse St.  The back entrance to the Scenic Hotel provided a look at the spectacular Cloud Catcher mural.

Cloud Catcher

Cloud Catcher. Oops Just cut “the catch” off. Dash!

We did wonder just how the artist managed to hang up there to do this amazing work.
A short puff up Rattray St, to Dowling St and then up to Tennyson St,

View

Got “the catch”! but too far away really. City view from bottom of Tennyson Street.

down View St (glad it wasn’t up), across Moray Place, through the car park and along the alleyway to the Octagon.  This alleyway is full of excellent art work, well worth browsing through.  From here it was around the Octagon, down Stuart St, and along to Queens Gardens, before crossing  to Vogel St again, and over the bridge back to the Wharf just after midday.  Thank you Bev for organising this and turning out in spite of a miserable head cold.
Here we found the rest of the crew gathered, raising the number to 62, a great turn out.  It was pleasing to see so many ‘senior’ members in attendance.
After birthday greetings to Margaret and Adrienne, Judy ran a short quiz, testing observational skills from the walk.  Thanks to Eric for his help, and for the chocolates donated.  Judy then read her ‘Ode to the Club’.  (Attached [at the bottom of the Club’s History page] if you want to read it for yourselves!).
Congratulations and thanks to the hotel staff, who took orders and prepared and delivered meals so efficiently and promptly.  This was much appreciated – the blue cod was great!  While some indulged in dessert, the ‘Four Jolly Tramping Mates’ presented two songs, ably led by Bruce.
Thanks boys, you did well!

The boys. (Adrienne pic.)

The Mates/boys. (Adrienne pic.)

All in all this was a really successful day, with everyone relaxed and happy, enjoying the food, the company and  the entertainment. – Judy and Bev.

1. 15/7/2015. Hikers. Street Art Street Walk. E. Leaders: Lance and Lois.

iPhoto GPS of route

iPhoto GPS of route

It was another of the Lance and Lois’ well-planned, well-commentated walks. We surprised them with our large group, numbering 31, crowding up at street corners and filling pedestrian crossings, but they coped. Beginning at Unity Park lookout, we first walked down Eglington Road to the former Montecillo property being developed for new housing. Lance told us the driveway in was a solid  8 inches thick concrete slab!) We then returned out to walk down through the Town Belt by way of of the ‘Steep Street’ track, stopping on a grassy slope…

 

Morning Tea stop

Morning Tea stop

…for morning tea just above the zig-zag steps.

The steps are of those awkward sloping kind, enforcing either a stretched stride or two tiny ones per step. Anyway we arrived a bit up Maitland Street above Carroll St, to enter an unobtrusive lane that led into a large centre-of-the-block grassy area that led us diagonally through to Stafford St. Having enjoyed this delightful mid-block section,  we turned down Melville St to Carroll St to view the former St Andrews Church. Lance had already prepared us at our morning tea for this visit. He had told us of Rutherford Waddell’s greatest sermon of all time at this church  on the ‘sin of cheapness’, where the Minister had declaimed against the sweated labour of the Dunedin seamstresses of the time, a clarion call that was to bring about far-reaching legislation reform of working conditions. So we viewed the historic church which has in more recent times been used by the Word of Life Pentecostals, and since 2001 by the Coptic Orthodox Church. We rounded the large old Bell Tea Co building corner into Hope St and up again to Stafford St to walk down it to our first street art, the Haast Eagle.

Haast Eagle

Chinese artist DALEast represents New Zealand’s extinct Haast Eagle and is reflective of his unique style which presents the frenetic shape of animals and people as if they have been constructed out of shards of metal. On Stafford St

We continued down and across to the corner of Princes and Jetty streets to view the “Riding Dreams” mural.

Boy on horse

“Riding Dreams” by Pixel Pancho demonstrates a complex interweaving of the human form, flora, and metal to create the surreal image of a ‘not quite human’ boy riding a fantastical metal horse reflecting his fascination with 1950s robots.

Around the corner, “Love is in the air” on Bond St was delightful.

Love is in the air

Polish artist Natalia Rak’s mural entitled “Love is in the air” is characteristic of her cheeky, playful and hyper-realistic  style and reflects her passion for bold colours.

I could go on. We went hither and thither, as you can perceive from he route map, far too much to list here. This reporter can recommend such a stop-go walk, studying buildings, renovated and old, treading pavements some, no doubt we had never planted foot on before.

Just two more ‘works of art’ now, and lunch at First Church before heading back up the hill.

First the waka and steam-punk submarines exiting a fish’s mouth. (Quietly: But aren’t the sails billowing backwards?)

waka and fish

Maori waka and a steam-punk like submarine emerge from a fish’s mouth in this piece by Phlegm. On Vogel St.

Our lunch at First Church.

IMG_2775Lunch

Panorama of lunch on seats in First Church grounds.

And finally, an art work in Rattray St.

"Chasing the Thin White Cloud"

“Chasing the Thin White Cloud” , three stories high is the largest work to date of Fintan Magee.

Then up Maclaggan St and High Street and back to the cars.

Thanks to Lance and Lois for a carefully thought out day.- Ian

(Grateful acknowledgement to Dunedin Street Art Trail information.)

 

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