Sunday, December 13, 2015

Te Ara I Whiti - The Light Path

Auckland's Te Ara I Whiti / The Light Path opened on 3 December.  Auckland's newest cycle and walkway can be accessed from Canada Street or Nelson Street.  A new bridge has been built from Canada Street over the motorway to join the old Nelson Street offramp which has been boldly surfaced in pink.  

The curving Canada Street bridge is not as flashy as the offramp section, but is the perfect introduction to the pink path.  The sides lean in, but without constraint, the proportion is right, with enough room for pedestrians and cyclists travelling in either direction.  

Te Ara I Whiti is bright, and wide, with walled sides leaning out.  Motorway traffic zooms below. Toward the K Road bridge the sky tower reveals itself. Peeps of the Waitamata can be seen.  There has been some comment about Te Ara I Whiti being too enclosed, cutting off views of the harbour and city.  Although the sides are metal grills with glass above, the vista is still revealed.  

Friday, December 4, 2015

Auckland Sculpture - An Occasional Series Part 2

Francis Upritchard's 'Loafers' (2012) is a series of small bronze sculptures on plinths located on the Symonds Street over bridge, at the top of Wellesley Street. (The new Auckland University science block is under construction behind).

Neil Dawson's 'Throwback' (1992) is located in Albert Park near the Art Gallery.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Onehunga Foreshore Restoration

Looking North toward Hillsborough: new beaches, paths and planting

In the 1970s Onehunga lost it's beachfront when the South-Western motorway was built across the the bay.  The restoration of the Onehunga foreshore has  been lobbied for ever since by residents and supporters of the community.  Construction finally began in 2012.  It opened to the public on 14 November, 2015.  These pictures were taken on Sunday of opening weekend.

The new wooden clad pedestrian / cycling bridge connecting the old lagoon area to the new foreshore area.

Looking south toward Mangere Bridge.  The plantings and hard landscaping have been very well done. 

I do like a time-lapse video!  This one shows the reclamation progress compiled from several different cameras.