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photographs / Bruce Connew © 2001—2002 / Jason Busch © 2005


 

THEN IT’S WELLINGTON WE’RE COMING TO!
IT’S TIME, SHE SAYS, IT’S TIME SURELY
FOR US TO CHANGE LANES, CHANGE TONGUES,

THEY SPEAK SO DIFFERENTLY DOWN HERE.

Driving South with Lucy from the Big Blue Hills / Vincent O’Sullivan



THE HARBOUR IS AN IRONING BOARD:
FLAT-IRON TUGS DASH SMOOTHING TOWARD
ANY SHIRT OF A SHIP, ANY PILLOWSLIP
OF A FREIGHTER THEY DECREE
MUST BE IRONED FLAT AS WASHING FROM THE SEA.

Wellington Harbour is a Laundry / Denis Glover



IT’S TRUE YOU CAN’T LIVE HERE BY CHANCE, YOU HAVE TO DO AND BE, NOT SIMPLY WATCH OR EVEN DESCRIBE. THIS IS THE CITY OF ACTION, THE WORLD HEADQUARTERS OF THE VERB—

The Active Voice / Lauris Edmond



I ASK NOT ONLY THAT MY CITY,
BUT ALL, GIVE THEMSELVES
TO THE ESSENCE OF OUR CULT—
THE RITUAL ASSEMBLY OF AN
INTERESTED COTERIE IN A SPACE
WHERE MAGIC CAN BE MADE
AND MIRACLES OCCUR.

Theatre in 1981: Omens and Portents / Bruce Mason



I LIVE AT THE EDGE
OF THE UNIVERSE,
LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE.

Milky Way Bar / Bill Manhire

     
     
     

01 typography in the landscape


Collidescape
Te Kei, Ara Institute of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ
2016

Zion Hill Park
Auckland, NZ
2014 construction 2015/16

Light Weight ‘O’
O’Connell Street, Auckland, NZ
2012 — awaiting installation

Fifth Movement
Takapuna Beach House, NZ
2012

The Trestle Leg Series
Auckland Harbour Bridge, NZ
2012

A Hillside Intervention Athfield Architects, Wellington, NZ
2011/12

AEIOU
A typo/sound sculpture, Wellington, NZ
2009

Wellington Writers Walk
A series of 15 concrete text sculptures, Wellington, NZ
2002 and 2004

Ponatahi House
A house wrapped in literature, Wairarapa, NZ
2003

Distance Markers
A series of cast-iron, number discs, Wellington, NZ
2004


Wellington Writers Walk

2002 and 2004



Commissioned by the New Zealand Society of Authors


15 large-scale, three dimensional concrete text sculptures honouring
writers and poets who have strong connections with Wellington, sited
unexpectedly along the cityʼs urban waterfront – floating, suspended,
wedged in, lying on rocks as if washed up by the sea.


15 text sculptures varying in dimensions from 1 x 1m – 1.2 x 2.4m


related reading

Writing by Types
Life in Italics


 

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