December 20, 2014 … the year is fading to a close

The city is going quiet.

Bank

The old bank building on Lambton Quay

 

Many institutions closed for the summer break yesterday. For many this is a financial issue, because it forces people to use up some of their outstanding leave balance thereby relieving the accounts of a significant liability. For others, it is simply a great opportunity to get a few extra days in the messy period before Christmas. I lunched with a good friend at  Leuven, a very fine establishment specialising in Belgian beer and mussels. I am convince there are no better mussels anywhere. As always I arrived early, and took some shots of city art and architecture.

Protoplasm

Wind-kinetic sculpture. Each of the large green “pebbles” can swivel independently of the others as the wind moves it.

 

Wellington seems to have a policy that trades off certain obligations in return for a significant piece of public art. I am not sure if this is one such piece, but the wind-kinetic sculpture entitled “Protoplasm” by Phil Price is an eye-catching piece.

Gone

How weird that I should unknowingly catch this building the day before its demolition

 

I took the long way home again with a view to finding out how to contact the land owner on which a an old woolshed sits near the Judgeford golf course. I have often thought that there was a useful picture to be had if I could catch it at dawn (unlikely) or dusk. I finally found a phone number only to learn that it was to be demolished today as a workplace hazard. So I never go the shot I envisaged, and have to settle for the one made yesterday, in the rain.

Goodnight all.

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About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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