Borg Mall 3 – The Tomb of Doom

14/09/2011 at 4:20 pm

Westfield - Rachel Tallon

I have a hunch that Rachel Tallon isn’t entirely happy with the Westfield mall shopping center in Lower Hutt:

“A monstrosity that suddenly appeared in my home town a few years ago. Shaped like a Borg ship, with as much character, this imposing monolithic structure stands as a windowless monument to consumerism. (…)
Dull grey boxes plonked on top of a stress-inducing carpark, this rectangular tomb of doom to your credit card is now the heart of my town.”

But hey, just a hunch. Don’t miss the other instalments of the series:

Photo © 2011 Rachel Tallon, Lower Hutt

The Beauty of Fishy Obelisks

04/09/2011 at 10:51 am

Fishy obelisk

An anonymous reader sent us this shot of yet another shocking piece of public art, this time in Kaiapoi. It even withstood the might of the irritated earth gods:

“A large faultline ruptured only metres from this creation and failed to move this monster! Perhaps it even caused it?”

Photo © 2011 Anonymous

The Beauty of Wellington’s Backs

18/08/2011 at 9:11 am

Boulcott St from Bridge - Caroline Glass

Our reader Caroline Glass contributed this visual symphony of 3 bicycles, an unspecified number of cars and heaps of concrete. Thanksalotta, Caroline! Another victim member of our steadily growing “Nest-besmircher Network”.

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Photo © 2011 Caroline Glass.

The Beauty of Phar Lap Pedestals

14/08/2011 at 1:14 pm

Timaru, Home of Phar Lap - Grant Dommen

After the tragic death of the Phar Lap, his fans and the racing fraternity ennobled the memory of the champion gelding by sending his arse back to Australia, keeping his bones in New Zealand, and exporting his shoes to the Philippines. A thoroughbred, a complete horsey, bossing the track and strutting proud and free in his domain: this image could not be complete without a statue of a frozen horse riding a goods lift up towards heaven. Travel well, wonder horse.

Another more-than-just-exquisite guest post by the valorous designer, teacher and author Alex Gilks, accompanying this magical shot by the sensational Grant Dommen.

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Photo © 2011 Grant Dommen. Original here.

The Beauty of Magic Water. And Concrete.

13/08/2011 at 8:12 am

Concrete and Water - Paul Roper-Gee

This shot is easily amongst the most beautiful pictures I’ve ever seen. What is it doing here then, you ask? Told ya this project would slowly shape shift to “http://themostbeautifulshitunderthesun.com”, didn’t I?

This stunning photographic extravaganza was captured by the indomitable Paul Roper-Gee. Thanks so much, Paul!

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Photo © 2011 Paul Roper-Gee. Original here.

The Beauty of Hammers

07/08/2011 at 1:12 pm

Hammer - Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

Whenever european architects mess up so badly that more than a dozen people get injured or killed, they are exiled to New Zealand. Where they do stuff like this.

A big thanks to the bodacious Kristina D.C. Hoeppner for providing all these gems under a Creative Commons license! It feels good to act legally from time to time!

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Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2011 Kristina D.C. Hoeppner. Original here.

The Beauty of Memorials

02/08/2011 at 2:30 pm

Memorial to those lost at sea (Greymouth) - Gary Williams @ kovertuk

Kiwis seem to like are seemingly able to endure a lot when it comes to monuments. Every 50 metre there is some preposterious pile of rubble or twisted DIY-artwork with clumsily attached plaques well-meaning monument, reminding passer-bys of this or that. Those lost to the sea in this case, undeniably a serious and worthwile cause.

I still wonder if, given the number of ships that sank after contact with cliffs and the amount of witnesses permanently disposed with the help of rocks, a huge piece of stone is really the most sensitive way to convey this message? Perhaps the objective wasn’t tippy-toeing…

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Photo © 2011 Gary Williams @ kovertuk. Original here.

The Beauty of Ponsonby Road

12/05/2011 at 3:36 pm

Ponsonby Road - Sids1

Ah, Auckland’s elegant Ponsonby Road, located in the prestigious… who am I fooling! The density of overpriced restaurants with incompetent staff is pretty top notch, admittedly.

Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2010 Sids1. Original here.

The Beauty of Clippy’s Exile

14/04/2011 at 3:19 pm

A giant knot - Robyn Gallagher

Obscure secrets of the Microsoft Corporation, Part 14563: soon after the infamous MS Office help Clippy started drinking and, a bit later, to smoke crack with the Thesaurus, it was deported to a penal colony named New Zealand. There it fades away, deformed and deranged, in front of a ministry, cynically titled Department of Conservation. It’s a mad, mad world!

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Photo © 2011 Robyn Gallagher. Original here.


The Beauty of White Island

19/01/2011 at 11:39 pm

White Island - vtveen

Another guest post by the titillating Alex Gilks:

No, not the a snapshot of a Hutt Valley industrial estate – this is White Island, the site of NZ’s first full-scale World War II bombed buildings diorama. Weta Workshops tested many natural pigments before settling on the exact hue for mustard gas residue.

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Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2010 vtveen. Original here.