Some of yesterday’s work will remain “under wraps”.
I want to use it for competition purposes and would rather not expose it to the public view for now.
Having enjoyed taking pictures of Wellington City, I decided that I would see what Upper Hutt had to offer. Rarely do I have cause to visit our Northern neighbor. Like Lower Hutt, it is predominantly a dormitory city for people who work in Wellington. I mean no offence to people from Upper Hutt when I say that there are thousands of cities like it around the world. It exists because everybody has to be somewhere.
The river valley and its imposing hills give it some character, but at street level, I fear it is rather bland. Shaped by the shopping strip mentality of last century’s town planners, it suffers from a long narrow main street with too many empty shop fronts.
Nevertheless there is a certain sense of community pride about Upper Hutt. Unlike Lower Hutt, they have yet to pull the plug on the civic gardens, and there is a significant body of public art around the place.
One sculpture that I enjoyed is a large stylised tui sitting on a ring. It is situated in a bed of tulips on a traffic island at the Northern end of the shopping precinct. I wanted to get the tulips into the picture as well as the art work, so I lay down on my side on the narrow ledge around the traffic island and took my shot.
Perhaps it’s the smaller population, or perhaps the citizens of Upper Hutt are more inured to eccentrics, but no one came to see if I needed a defibrillator.
See you tomorrow.