The Best of Ugly New Zealand – North Island

20/02/2012 at 10:32 pm

People, I’m slowly running a bit low on new material. That means…

1. Time for our gazillions millions thousands quite a few dunno, maybe a couple dozen? three friends to send new material, puh-leese!

2. Time for cheap reruns of lukewarm oldies: let’s start with a lovingly complied collection of the “Best of Ugly New Zealand Edition North Island (BOUNZENI)”. Sounds a bit like a hungarian car brand, if you ask me.

Keep calm, Dunners, I’ll follow up with the “Best of the South” these days.

The Beauty of Cuba Street’s Back

20/02/2012 at 9:13 pm

Back of Cuba St - Caroline Glass

News from our reader Caroline Glass: still Wellington, but this time the fenced back of Cuba Street.

Caroline’s concrete symphony for 3 bicyclists can be found here. Thanks again, Caroline!

Google Maps Location (well, reasonably close)

Photo © 2012 Caroline Glass.

The Beauty of Sheep

05/02/2012 at 6:06 am

Motueka 2 - Travelling Light

A shot for true New Zealand connoisseurs: green pastures, sheep, fences, corrugated steel, barrels, yummy fruit (in the making). Carefully composed and captured by the indispensable Travelling Light.

While we are it, have you seen the sheep cyclone? Sheep Cyclone Video on MSN.

Via Nercore.

Google Maps Location

Photo © 2011 travelling-light. Original here.

The Beauty of Stalking

03/02/2012 at 11:58 am

Admittedly, I was a bit lazy recently. At least here. But now I’m back. Let’s kick off Ugly New Zealand’s reanimation with this oddly specific park…

Owen Stalker Park, Woodend, Canterbury - Jane Vial

A wonderful contribution by the attentive Jane Vial. Just leaves the question where to stalk all the other people…

Google Maps Location

Photo © 2012 Jane Vial.


The Beauty of Fences Special

22/08/2011 at 11:36 am

To the Wire - Neville10

Our avid (yet mysterious) reader Liz activated her research skills and discovered a bonanza of material about our – and more so New Zealand’s – fence obsession.

Let’s kick off the fence special with this misty, but geometrically inclining shot by Neville 10.

From hereon, I largely quote Liz’s report:

The urge to create fences and walls out of discarded items, not endemic to New Zealand but “practised with vigour”:

A… toilet fence?!?! Can I see some photos of that, please?

Photo Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0) 2011 Neville10. Original here.

The Beauty of Fence Messages

10/08/2011 at 9:32 pm

Fence art 1 - Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

“Somebody used a fence and some pieces of cloth to “write” the sentence “It will all be OK” on a fence in Wellington.”

Fence art 2 - Kristina D.C. Hoeppner

“Now it was changed to “You are doing OK”. What will come next?”

Another masterpiece from the sensational Kristina D.C. Hoeppner. This time starring the typeface “Fence Sans Serif“ and documenting a message from a higher entidy.

Google Maps Location

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

The Beauty of Trees… well… one… half… something.

16/06/2011 at 12:16 pm

Einsamer Minibaum - Till Seidenspinner

Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes!

We are back with a bag full of new shots! On top this silent masterpiece by the unstoppable Till Seidenspinner!

Supposedly somewhere in Auckland, perhaps in the Bayview area? … – Robotic stalker brigade! Go and bring me that exact location! … (Please? With sugar on top and stuff? Pretty please?)

Our reader Neo solved the location mystery: it is in Pt Chevalier in Auckland.

Updated, thanks to Neo: Google Maps Location

Photo © 2011 Till Seidenspinner. Original here.

The Beauty of Christmas

24/12/2010 at 11:36 am

Mt Victoria Auckland - Rosino

A lovely Christmas and a prosperous New Year! We celebrate with this… outstanding composition by Rosino, who is at least 1) a superb photographer, check her/his Flickr stream, and 2) a true philanthropist: s/he publishes her/his photos under a creative commons “Attribution-ShareAlike” licence. Which means that I can rip off her/his works without even asking. Very practical!

A big thanks to Rosino, and also a huge thanks for a vibrant year to our avid Ugly New Zealand fanclub fanbase readers reader!

Google Maps Location.

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

The Pottery of Old Beauties

29/11/2010 at 2:01 pm

Old Pottery Factory - Bekdawg

Bekdawg is back – her earlier contributions here and here – , and baffles us with another of her insights into the psychology of Kiwi architecture… and mass produced pottery. Only just barely I manage to suppress the urge for cheap puns with “Lottery” and “Harry Potter”…

Photo © 2010 Bekdawg. Original here.

The Beauty of Fences

26/03/2010 at 11:53 am

Boot Camp Fence - Bekdawg

Another beautiful work by the incredibly talented Bekdawg, discovering a hint of iron curtain and cold war feel in New Zealand’s landscape.

Photo © 2009 Bekdawg.