Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Auckland Sculpture - An Occasional Series

Opened Stone by Hiroaki Ueda was commissioned for the 1971 International Sculpture Symposium. This work was originally placed outside the Auckland Art Gallery, then put in storage in 2008 when the gallery was renovated.  It is now located in the Manukau Domain in Lynfield.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Pedestrian Bridges - An Occasional Series: Beachcroft Bridge, Onehunga

From the Hillsborough side

Crossing from Onehunga to Hillsborough

Looking back toward Hillsborough

The Beachcroft Avenue bridge (for pedestrians and cyclists) links Onehunga and Hillsborough, crossing the Southwestern motorway.  Now the foreshore restoration is complete, this bridge and the newer wood clad footbridge to the south make a great link for a swift loop walk around the lagoon and along the waterfront.

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.