Archive for the 'Art' Category

New Zealand: Otorohanga – Otorohanga or Harrodsville?

Monday, March 16th, 2020

Get your phone’s ready to snap pix of the silly corrugated iron sculptures all over this town. Here’s a cute story: In 1986, Otorohanga briefly changed its name to “Harrodsville”. This was to protest the threat of a lawsuit against restaurateur, Henry Harrod of Palmerston North. Mohamed Al Fayed (yes that one – Diana’s boyfriend’s father), was the owner of Harrod’s department store in London and wanted him to change the name of his restaurant.
As a show of solidarity for Henry Harrod, the District Council suggested that every business in Otorohanga change its name to “Harrods”. The town’s name was even temporarily changed to Harrodsville. After being mocked in the British newspapers, Al Fayed dropped the legal action and Harrodsville and its shops reverted to their former names.

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New Zealand: Otorohanga – Otorohanga New Zealand

Monday, March 16th, 2020

You cannot pass thru Otorohanga, NZ without stopping for a photo op of their fun corrugated iron sculptures which cover the town. They’re on buildings, on lampposts and sitting as giant sculptures. There’s main street murals too. Here’s a building entirely designed as a wolf.

 

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New Zealand: Northern Island- Hamilton Gardens, Northern Island, NZ

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Invoking the floral colours of an intricate Indian rug, the Indian Char Bagh Garden at Hamilton Gardens definitely has the feel of India. A bagh is an enclosed 4-part garden 8 -18th century Muslim world Asia to north Africa to Spain, paradise gardens universal garden became a distinctive art form in 16 & 17th century under mughal Rulers and then Hindu aristocracy poetic secret pleasure gardens feel breezes, hear water gurgling perfume of flowers real living carpet.

 

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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 – 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: Whakarewarewa – Maori Cultural Show

Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

After absorbing the historic past of the Maori people in the living village in Whakarewarewa, NZ, you can watch the next generation perform the traditional music and dance.

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New Zealand: Gordonton – Dancing with Captain James Cook in Zealong Sculpture Garden

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

Captain James Cook (1778-1729) was a British adventurer who explored New Zealand. The indigenous Maori introduced him to the manuka plant as a medicinal tea. It reminded him of home.

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