Photos: Auckland Waterfront Artwork and Sculptures

Last weekend hubby and I went on a fabulous walking tour of Auckland waterfront artwork sponsored by Heart of the City for Art Week Auckland 2014.  You may have already seen my photos of  “Trees” by Michael Parekowhai or “A Maori Figure in a Kaitaka Cloak” sculptured by Molly Macalister.  Here are more of my favorite pieces:

(Due to an injury I have restricted typing time, so Albom Adventures will have an even stronger photography focus for the next 6-8 weeks.)

SCOUT 2012, Interactive art in Auckland New Zealand by Tim Gruchy

Called SCOUT (Sentient Correlator of Urban Transaction) by Tim Gruchy 2012. As demonstrated by our guide, it is interactive, changing with sound and touch (hard to show in photos, but it is constantly changing).

Pou Tū Te Rangi by Chris Bailey is one of many pieces of Auckland Waterfront Artwork

These seven Pou (carved wooden posts) by Chris Bailey represent family, according to our guide.

Fountain outside of Britomart, in Auckland New Zealand

This fountain, shaped like a dormant volcano, sits outside of Britomart, over the train tunnels. In the winter steam rises from the center when trains pass.

Fire Window by Eric Orr, 1996 is in Viaduct Harbour, Auckland New Zealand

Fire Window by American Artist Eric Orr, 1996. I had to squat down to get this angle looking up at the sky. The water runs down the steel sides, and at night flames are visible on the top.

Raupo Rap by Denis O'Connor, 2005 is amongst the Auckland Waterfront artwork

Raupo Rap by American Artist Denis O’Connor, 2005. I see a giant fish hook on it’s side.

Auckland waterfront artwork called Achy Breaky Heart by Michael Parekowhai based on Cuisenaire rods

This artwork called Achy Breaky Heart by Michael Parekowhai is based on Cuisenaire rods and is on the ASB building in Wynyard Quarter.

Silo Park in Wynyard Quarter has lots of Auckland Waterfront Artwork

Silo Park in Wynyard Quarter is an area with lots of Auckland Waterfront Artwork.

The Flooded Mirror by Rachel Shearer in Auckland, New Zealand

The Flooded Mirror by Rachel Shearer. Hubby looks and listens as this art is about the sound that is heard through the vents as the water passes under the bridge.

Similarly, last April, my teen and I shared an adventure including a walk along the Wellington waterfront.  And two years age we all enjoyed Sydney Sculptures by the Sea, an annual event in Sydney Australia.

Have you had a chance to take a walk amongst the Auckland waterfront artwork? Have a favorite piece?

This is linked at Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections Enroute, Weekend Wanderlust at Justin plus Lauren,  Sunday Traveler at Chasing the Donkey, Sunday’s in My City at the Unknown Mami and Travel Photo Mondays. at Travel Photo Discoveries.

A Maori Chief Statue in Auckland and a Bucket List
Photos: Critically Endangered Takahe and Chick in New Zealand


  1. says

    Hi Rhonda .. looks an amazing guided tour … such a variety of art-works. I’m sorry about the injury – and hope those typing fingers and hand recover properly as soon as possible – take care .. cheers Hilary

    • Rhonda Albom says

      Thanks Hillary. It was an amazing tour. As for the injury it’s forearm so it just needa to rest. Typing doesn’t rest it. Fortunately hubby found dictation software so I can speak and it types these comments for me now.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      That’s exactly what I was thinking when I stood there. Not sure when I’ll get back to this part of the city at night though.

  2. says

    Some artwork I just don’t get, but then I’m not a connoisseur of fine art. Some though is breathtakingly beautiful. My favorite in this grouping is The Fountain. I could watch this for a very long time.

    Have a fabulous day. 🙂

  3. says

    I’m fascinated by that fountain, and you captured an amazing shot of it – with the clouds and all.
    Sorry about your injury, but your photos are always works of art.
    Take care, Rhonda.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      Thanks Robyn you’re really sweet. I can’t wait to see this fountain in the winter when the steam rises. I didn’t know about it before the tour.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      When you visit Auckland, make sure you visit lots of other places in New Zealand too. It’s nice but it’s a big city. The beauty comes out in the country.

  4. says

    Hi, Rhonda!

    My favorites are the SCOUT and the fountain.

    Thanks for sharing the pictues.

    Take it easy and continue healing.

    I love looking at the pictures.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      My husband found a dictation software for me. So now I can speak and my comment appears. It’s pretty awesome. 🙂

  5. says

    Very interesting display of art. I’m not a big fan of modern art, but I have to say that these seven carved wooden posts look fantastic.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      It’s not the special expedition. This is just the artwork that sits on the Auckland waterfront every day. 🙂

  6. says

    Hi Rhonda, that Achy Breaky Heart looks amazing! It’s pure architecture in its best way! Totally love it! I’m curious if those carved wooden posts have been made by hand or by cnc machines? Anyway, it looks impressive! Thanks for posting these nice images, I’ve liked the kauri sculpture as well, and it has been really worth to come back to your site;) best, Peter

  7. says

    Wouldn’t a sculpture of giant leech with the fluorescent letters ACC on the surface be a better symbol. The mouth could be sucking on the wharf with ratepayers in bold letters on the wharf.

    • Rhonda Albom says

      LOL- Thanks for the image, it will keep me giggleing all day. Somehow this comment went to spam, glad I found it.

  8. says

    What a wonderful walking tour! The Achy Breaky Heart was my favorite. Sorry about your forearm injury. I’m glad your hubby set up the voice activated software for you. Take care Rhonda!

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