Saturday, September 10, 2011

New wall mural at Pt Chev


The Pt Chevalier Community Art Project 2011 was, well, not exactly unveiled today, but it was certainly celebrated at the local community centre on a gorgeous September morning today. This replaced the old mural, featured in an earlier post.
 


The work achieved by artist Zoë Nash was, quoting the first interpretive panel: "a series of digitally-made panels reminiscent of the shape of sails. These 'sails' sit upon a painted backdrop of seascape and Pohutukawa trees. The intention of the project was to have as much community participation and involvement as possible."







Am I chuffed that my name is now up on a wall (see above), along with that of the Pt Chevalier Historical Society, in Pt Chevalier? Short answer: yes. I'm actually quite deeply honoured.



























Albert-Eden Local Board member Helga Arlington emceed and kicked off the proceedings this morning.


Zoë Nash described the project and read out the long list of names contributing to it.


The manager of the Pt Chevalier Community Centre, Theresa MacDonald (right) said a few words, including a potted history of the community centre.


Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse rounded up the formal part of the proceedings.


15 comments:

  1. That is awesome artwork. Just wondering did they merge in digital media with the work. It looks great no matter what medium was used. Great combination of themes and ideas.

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  2. Photoshop, apparently. Each panel has 10 layers of info.

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  3. Zoë Nash here. Yep, the work was all created in Photoshop and made predominantly from images of people's artwork and historic photos that I had taken on my own camera. Approximately 90 hours were spent staring at my computer screen putting the images together. Lots of layers, blending modes, layer masks and opacities were used. They were professionally printed onto vinyl which was then wrapped around aluminium boards, and then a graffiti-guard film added. Really happy with how they turned out.

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  4. Slightly off-topic, but is that fabulous old fish and chip shop still in the main block? It had these amazing Deco style painted windows with fish and water weed and gilt. I photographed it for posterity in the 1980s Probably long-gone...

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  5. Hi Darian,

    Yes, it's gone, but I do believe part of the window sign has been included in the mural. Any chance I could publish your photo of the shop in the Point Chevalier Times some time? Would be great if okay by you.

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  6. I'll dig them out and scan them next time I go to the city. But I would say they are pretty bad snaps, Since I was an awful photographer and just focussed on some parts rather than the over all shop. I think the takeaway was called Point Chevalier Fisheries and there was a fresh seafood shop next to it called Gulf Fisheries...or maybe Gulf was on Ponsonby Road. It's hard to remember that far back. There's a couple of other snaps of Pt Chev and Avondale signs though, which are probably long gone - Taubmans, Hollywood Cinema, Des Ferry panelbeaters.

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  7. Anything you wouldn't mind sharing -- with full credit to you -- would be really appreciated, Darian. Cheers!

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  8. I've found them but they are really only fragments of the design rather than the whole fish shop. something is better than nothing I suppose, I've never run across any other photos of it, but surely some photographer would have taken a snap. Perhaps they will turn up one day. I may be able to clean them up a bit and improve them. I've put Gulf Fisheries away because the more I think about it I am sure it was in Ponsonby.

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  9. Any photos of Pt Chev Fisheries is rare and extremely sought after these days. It's been a case of -- once the design window had vanished, everyone wanted to know what it looked like. Thanks, Darian.

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  10. By the way, the article you let me publish earlier on those Tinkerbell Jellies is still sparking off memories for the PCHS members. Thanks again!

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  11. Well, that is interesting because only in the last couple of weeks have I had any sort of breakthrough on Tinkerbell. I got hold of an old Self Help stores poster showing they were selling product. I have narrowed the date to between 1959-1966. Also found info that the brand was possibly under a company name other than McClymont going back to 1936. But it still doesn't tell me much. I'd be interested in any memory particularly pertaining to that if anyone has come forward...there MUST have been many people in the local area working at the factory. I honestly can't wait for post 1945 papers to be on-line. The countless hours I spend going in circles and getting absolutely nowhere.

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  13. If anyone else comes forward with photos of Pt Chev Fisheries, even pieces - I'd be interested in having a go at reconstructing the design. I notice, as you mention, that a piece of it has been used in the mural artwork so there is at least one other image around. Maybe the local library has a photo (you of all people would know, if there was one I guess). That said typing dozens of different related keywords names, terms into a database often does not get results and one has to do the hard yards of going through everything ones self. It is most frustrating when on the off chance the information is catalogued, and one can't find it. You know it's in there...

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  14. Hi Zoe

    Thanks so much for the background on these outstanding works you've created for the mural. I hope they are there for many years to come. A real credit to you as an artist and to the community.

    Cheers
    Liz

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