Archive for the 'Exhibition' Category

New Zealand: Hamilton Gardens – Hollywood Garden in Hamilton Gardens, NZ

Monday, March 9th, 2020

This “garden’ in Hamilton Gardens, NZ just did not evoke Hollywood to us. Only the image of Marilyn Monroe gives a hint of what it is. And yes there’s the ubiquitous swimming pool you would find in Hollywood, but who’s in it?

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New Zealand: Hamilton Gardens – All Kinds of Gardens at Hamilton Gardens, NZ

Monday, March 9th, 2020

This fun animal pool garden is just one of creative gardens in the Hamilton Gardens. Some of the others are: English Flower Garden, Italian Renaissance Garden, Te Parapara Garden, Japanese Garden of Contemplation, Tudor Garden and Indian Char Bagh Garden.

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New Zealand: Hamilton Gardens – Maori Garden

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Here is the traditional entrance to the Te Parapara Garden in Hamilton Gardens, NZ. Notice the carved face sticking out his tongue. This is a gesture you would see in Maori dancing and is a method of intimidating invaders.

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New Zealand: Hamilton Gardens – Tudor Garden at Hamilton Gardens, NZ

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

In the 16th century the English aristocracy were fascinated by intricate geometric patterns. These Tudor Garden reflects this. There were also knot gardens and some were called fantasy gardens where fantasy plays were held.  Notice the carved heraldic beasts on poles: griffin, dragon, centaur, phoenix, unicorn, satyr and sea serpent. See if you can find “Bottom”  from Shakespeare’s play Midsummer Nights’ Dream.

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New Zealand: Hamilton Gardens – New Zealand’s Famous Writer

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Katherine Mansfield may not be a name you know, but everyone in New Zealand knows her. Her famous short story, “The Garden Party” is depicted in a garden in Hamilton Gardens. She is by the way, often considered one of the founders of modern literature.

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New Zealand: Hamilton Gardens – Alice in Wonderland in New Zealand

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

You never know when you might bump into Alice and Wonderland depictions as you travel around the world. This one was in the Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand. It is truly amazing that this story from centuries ago, has resonated so far and wide. 

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New Zealand: Hamilton Gardens – Wooden Mural

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

This depiction of real life and imagined life in Hamilton Gardens was an unpaid labor of love for carvers Derek Kerwood and Meghan Godfrey. For this unbelievably intricate carving, the wood came from a single camphor laurel tree which grew on the nearby Waikato river bank.

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New Zealand: Rotorua – Cooking Corn in a Steam Ven

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Our guide threw some sweet corn on the cob into Parekohuru, their largest mineral pool. Mother Nature then took care of the cooking. In 8 minutes, lunch is ready. How smart those Maori people were, to find such a terrific place to live.

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New Zealand: Whakerewarewa – Real Mineral Baths

Monday, February 24th, 2020

In Whakerewarewa, New Zealand, the Maori way of life is preserved. The hot thermal mineral baths were an important part of their life. Here these hot thermal pools are designed for easy sitting, entry and exit. You can see the younger generation enjoys them too. This was the young lad who earlier jumped into the freezing water for visitors (see earlier Instagram) so it must have been especially yummy for him to soak in the warm water.

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New Zealand: Whakerewarewa – Maori Meeting House

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Tupuna Whare, the Meeting House, is the center of the Maori community. Gatherings of all kinds including entertainment, teaching, meetings, and funerals all took place (and still take place) here. 

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