Polar Molar

22/07/2011 at 11:35 pm

Dunedin Molars - Carolyn Guytonbeck

You know, mocking Dunedin is nearly a bit too easy. As if the brave inhabitants of this small- to medium-size University town wouldn’t struggle enough already with their image as the last bathroom before the Antarctica (shush, Invercargill!), their silly dialect, and – since the demise of K.C.’s –, the lack of any classy night life joint.

Don’t get me started on the other past Dunedin oddities.

Then again, some entity must have signed the permission for the erection of these stone “molars” in Dunedin’s harbour. Somebody… – or should I say -thing? – thought that 6 roughly sculptured stone… thingies next to a quite magnificient harbour basin would enrich this place. And let me guess: thy name was city council, wasn’t it!

Well, poor senseless council thing: you erred. A little rule of thumb for the next times: tartar-shaped ropes are fairly reliable indicators for poorly developed artistic visions.

Google Maps Location (so far, without molars)

Photo © 2011 a divine anonymous creature. Thanks, divine anonymous creature!

More Gore!

22/07/2011 at 8:20 pm

Welcome to Gore! - Vicki Milway

Gore’s infamous monster trout! I’d say let’s collect every picture available of this on the web and stitch them together to a Matrix bullet time sequence… – if only there were more shots from other vantage points…

Google Maps Location

Photo © 2011 Vicki Milway. 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!

Google Maps Location

Photo © 2011 Robyn Gallagher. Original here.

The Beauty of Rugby. Player Sculptures. Made of Concrete.

18/01/2011 at 3:00 pm

Rugby Player Sculpture - Sids1

From the New Zealand Field Guide to Creating Regional Art:

“Outdoor sculpture may feature buxome, ovoid images of nature and fertility and sex; or monumental images of men playing sport, or riding horses, or standing around looking angry. But take care if combining these two incongruous styles. They may spawn uncomfortable results.”

Guest comment by the one and only Alex Gilks.

Exact Google Maps Location in Kaitaia, anybody?

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

The Beauty of Dead Squids

14/01/2011 at 4:02 pm

Giant Squid Display - zayzayem

Yikes! Seen at Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, reviewed by “Google user” as “The most depressing place on Earth“. Intriguing!

Google Maps Location.

Photo Creative Commons (Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic) 2010 Michael Zimmer. 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 Beauty of Cromwell’s Monster Fruits

19/11/2010 at 12:02 am

Cromwell Fruit - Marilyn Moffat

Everybody who has ever traveled New Zealand’s South Island knows them: Cromwell’s crazy fruits. Still, you wouldn’t believe how hard it was to finally find in Marilyn Moffat a friendly traveller and photographer that allowed me to bring you this delicious Kiwi speciality. Thanks, Marilyn, also in the name of the worldwide Ugly New Zealand fanclub fanbase readers reader!

Google Maps Location.

Photo © 2010 Marilyn Moffat. Original here.

The Ugly Art Thing!

04/08/2010 at 9:14 am

Public Art Thing - Brianne Karabetsos

And from the streets of Auckland came… THE UGLY ART MONSTROSITY THING!!! And while everybody else ran, screaming, Brianne Karabetsos kept calm and got the camera ready…

Photo © 2010 Brianne Karabetsos. Original here.

Monster Prawn!

17/07/2010 at 2:21 am

Monster Prawn - nntr4

Monster Prawn2 - nntr4

Whoooooosh… Ka-shizzle! Sha-boom! Oooooohhh! Aaaahhh! The Monstrosities fireworks arrive at their apex with these spectacular shots by the amazing – yet mysterious – nntr4. So ugly, it is even in Australia, cough, cough!

Google Maps Location.

Photo © 2010 nntr4.

The Beauty of Oversized Kiwis

03/07/2010 at 6:55 am

Monster Kiwi - 1YSL

I promised you a firework, and here it is. Kaboom! Fizzle! Whoosh!

Photo © 2010 1 YSL. Original here.