The Beauty of Sheep and Dogs

21/04/2012 at 6:01 am

Together with the Gigantic Kiwi Slice Platform Thingy perhaps New Zealand’s number 1 silly iconic tourist landmark. I just can’t get enough of it… – especially if I happen to stumble over fantastic photos like these.

The dog and sheep buildings, Tirau, Waikato - Phillip Capper

The sheep building, Tirau, Waikato - Phillip Capper

The dog building, Tirau, Waikato - Phillip Capper

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Creative Commons (CC BY 2.0) 2012 Phillip Capper. Thanks so much, Phillip!
Originals: here, here and here.

The Best of Ugly New Zealand – South Island

24/02/2012 at 8:24 pm

Part 2 of the collection: “Best of Ugly New Zealand Edition South Island (BOUNZESI)”. Have a lovely weekend, y’all, while deciding if the South or the North wins. For me, it’s clear as Lake Wakatipu.

01 Boring Akaroa 02 - Karsten Grillitsch02 Slope Point - Glutnix03 BurnedBBQ - Ralf
04 SheepPooOmarama - Karsten Grillitsch05 Cromwell Fruit - Marilyn Moffat06 Dunedin Molars - Carolyn Guytonbeck
07 Concrete and Water - Paul Roper-Gee08 Limo in the Snow - Timaru, NZ - Shannon Stevenson09 Invercargill Skate Park - Ralf
09 Timaru Home of Phar Lap - Grant Dommen11 Alien in Garage - Ralf12 Wakefield 1989 - TravellingLight

The Beauty of the Birds

19/12/2011 at 4:13 pm

UCOL, Palmerston North 1 - Wentao Yin

Let’s ignore the overwhelming Freudian and Hitch-cock-ian subtexts for a second, and let’s just enjoy this architectural tribute to Miles Davis. Another visual rollercoaster by the tremendous Wentao Yin.

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Photo © 2011 Wentao Yin. Original here.

 

The Beauty of Te Manawa

26/11/2011 at 3:10 pm

Te Manawa Museum, Palmerston North 1 - Wentao Yin

“Mom, why has the woman spikes in her bum?” Another action-packed Palmerston thrill-ride by Wentao Yin. Also don’t miss the bugs crawling all over the building. The perfect theme park for a relaxed post party drug chillout…

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Photo © 2011 Wentao Yin. Original here.

The Beauty of Palmerston North

01/10/2011 at 9:39 am

Palmerston North Square 2 - Wentao Yin

Palmerston North Square 3 - Wentao Yin

Double feature! Finally! The Beauty of Palmerston North’s Square, this brutalist manifesto of concrete poetry.

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Photo © 2011 Wentao Yin. Original here and here.

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 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 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.

Blenheim’s Beauty, Part II: Happy Beavers

31/07/2011 at 8:08 pm

Beavers - RK

Nom-nom! A tremendously complex shot by the mysterious RK. Note how RK chose a perspective avoiding face-to-face confrontrations with the little critters, thus preserving the full creature privacy. Also note the screws mounting the  statuette on the wodden pedestal. Ingenious!

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Photo © 2011 RK. Original here.

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.

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