I've been in Queen's Arcade in the central city a few times. Mainly to look at Marbeck's music store, but today I went up to the second floor via escalator, transacted some business, then headed back towards where I saw there was a down escalator. Then noticed quite possibly one of the, if not the most, coolest of the stairwells of Auckland.
The only identifier I saw (see bottom image) was "Lamplit Stage '9s", plus a mobile number. Has this been here since 1993? Whoever the artist is, there is a wonderful blending of the work with the architecture.
The seagull sitting on the stairwell ornament.
That looks awfully like Rangitoto in the background, and Queen's Wharf mid-foreground.
In one window, a well-dressed Victorian-Edwardian gent checks the time ...
... while a mouse looks on.
The name of the artist (?) with a dripping paintbrush left carelessly on the real banister.
Auckland never ceases to surprise.