Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Karl Randal is a project manager by profession and had a dream of running his own diner, mixing the best of that old school USA scene some Kiwi twists. His partner Debbie Wakefield has hospitality industry experience and now they have taken the leap, the Cadillac Diner at 112-116 High Street opened for business on Saturday 26th September.
The couple has stamped their own mark on fit-out. A huge 1958 Cadillac parked in the middle of the restaurant, warm leather booth seating imported from USA and even a Cadillac car seat sofa with working hail lights; 50's Coca Cola, James Dean and heaps of other memorabilia decorate the walls.
Waitresses in full '50s dress complete the scene ... shame they can't be on roller skates due to OSH regulations.(Occupational Health & Safety!!)
IMAGE by rumi ... thanks
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Spring Festival gets under way at the Botanic Garden next weekend with the ever popular Tulip Sunday – a great opportunity to enjoy one of the country’s biggest and best tulip displays as well as music, Dutch dancing and food.
Tulip Sunday is great way to celebrate spring and the first day of daylight saving – something people will need to bear in mind if they are planning to come along. This year's festival also marks the 60th anniversary of the first mass planting of spring bulbs at the Botanic Garden.
"The government of the Netherlands gave the city nearly 20,000 bulbs in 1948 in gratitude for New Zealanders' hospitality to Dutch refugees after World War Two," Cr Wade-Brown says. "Our tulip bulbs now come from Southland but Wellington's Dutch community still provides the traditional food, music and dancing that helps make Tulip Sunday so special. Events like this are great way to experience and celebrate the city's ethnic diversity."
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is exhibiting at the re-opening of the City Gallery follwing refurbishment. Her exhibition based around dots creates a piece of installation art for the gallery itself . [Thanks to Rumi for this image.]
She has never seen this surreal vision she created for the re-opening of Wellington's City Gallery on Sunday. Now 80-years-old, she doesn't travel, so Dots Obsession Day, 2009 (a yellow room with black dots) and Dots Obsession Night, 2009 (a black room with yellow dots) were installed on her behalf by Yoriko Tsuruta, Etsuko Sakurai and Isao Takakura.
It took the trio, who oversee the installation of Kusama's artworks in museums and galleries internationally, two weeks to construct and paint the room installations, and four days to festoon them with adhesive dots and inflate the vinyl shapes. The exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years, is the centrepiece of City Gallery's first exhibition since it closed 11 months ago for a $6.3 million makeover. Last year one of Kusama's works sold at auction for more than NZ$7 million, making it the most expensive work sold at auction by a living female artist.
City Gallery exhibitions manager Gerda Nana said four giant containers had arrived bearing pieces from the artist while other works were airfreighted in. Kusama's distinctive creations will also include a public artwork made specifically for Wellington that will cover the exterior of the gallery, featuring her trademark coloured dots. Gallery director Paula Savage said the exhibition would appeal across generations. "It's an exhibition that will be unlike anything anyone has seen before."
Friday, September 25, 2009
Internal perespective of the lobby area of the IBM Tower ... a symbolic world floatin in space ... the "crown of thorns" can be seen through the roof glazing ... often it pays to look up ... especially in places that you wouldn't normally do so
The external view of the IBM Tower ... and the "crown of thorns"
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Rumi shot this from his iPhone during the Pacific Art opening session at the Exhibitions Gallery in Wellington on Thursday night. Middle of the picture is Daniella Hulmes, one of the 5 artists involved in this exhibition.This picture was shot though a hole in one of the wooden sculptures on display.
Pacific - 5 Women 5 Journeys
Alison Gilmour, Daniella Hulme, Juliet Best, Sylvia Marsters and Tui Hobson.
The art exhibition celebrating the diversity and influence of the Pacific region on five women artists living in New Zealand. 5 selected artists feature in ‘PACIFIC’ a very special group Art-Exhibition being held at the Exhibitions Gallery of Fine Arts, Wellington in September from the 17th September to the 10th October (including during the period of World of Wearable Arts for 2009).
The honourable Georgina te Heuheu (QSO)officially opened the show on Thursday.
The show features the eclectic styles and talents of the 5 very individual artists whose focus is entirely on the Pacific region. Inspired from the stories contained within their research and from their personal journeys.
“...delving into New Zealand's and the Pacific's historical and contemporary events has been one of the most stimulating and exciting pieces of research. We are truly blessed to live here in the Pacific and we are such a unique country within the overall region. It is definitely a privilege to be working as an artist and collectively with other artists to such an invigorating theme. We really hope people love this show as much as we have loved painting it...” - Artist Alison Gilmour
Friday, September 18, 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009
The kowhai trees behind the General Assembly Library in Parliament grounds.
The Parliamentary Library is a working library that provides research services for members of Parliament and parliamentary staff. There is also a public reading room for customers of the Library’s International Documents Service and the Parliamentary Information Service.
The building was designed by Thomas Turnbull in the Victorian Gothic style. It was built in two stages due to financial constraints: The west wing (now at the back of the Parliamentary Library) was built in 1883. The main front part of the building was completed in 1899. The parliamentary library has occupied the building since 1901, when it was known as the General Assembly Library. Other occupants have included government departments, Bellamy’s, and members of Parliament.
The library building was damaged by fire in 1907. The ornate main foyer was again damaged by fire in 1992. It has since been completely restored and refurbished.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Monday, September 14, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
My old Rover 3500 SD1 had the number plate "GR8DOG" ... but maybe this little Smart car would have been a better choice for it .. given the passenger being transported. Apologies for the poor quality of the image ... it was taken thru the dirty window of the Jag as I was heading home ... and somewhat surprised, by what I saw in front of me !!!
Friday, September 11, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
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Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Sunday has been a fantastic spring day ... no wind, warm and sunny ... and all of Wellington seems to get out and make the most of it. Here are some families, eating and relaxing with the children, at the water's edgae between Te Papa and the marina ... Overseas Passenger Terminal to the background right. Waitangi Park is behind us.