Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A mural in Queen's Arcade


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.


Down below, a pianist practices.


Amongst the palms, sculpture in the garden.


The name of the artist (?) with a dripping paintbrush left carelessly on the real banister.

Auckland never ceases to surprise.

4 comments:

  1. Wonderful. Clearly he was paid for the work and certainly deserves to be. Being a tourist in your own town can be very fulfilling.

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  2. Stunning work reminds me of the paintings of Venice I've seen in some the art sites I visit from time to time. Love it. Well worth your escape out today. Love it! And I'm in love with the artists work.

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  3. My wife remembers seeing it being painted, and the date would have been about 1993.

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  4. Thanks, Anonymous! Great knowing the date is confirmed, cheers!

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