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Scarves on Statues – Dame Edna

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] HELLOOOOOOOOO POSSUMS!! Scarves on Statues is BACK but merely for a one time only cameo. I couldn’t help myself. Having been in Melbourne for the past seven days there were so many opportunities to adorn statues with Roma scarves that I […]

Scarves on Statues – Finito

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] There comes a time in the career of every great artist when enough is enough. There are no more nudes left to paint, no more saints to sculpt, no more soup cans to randomly arrange. No more porcelain to adorn, no […]

Scarves on Statues – Pioneer Woman

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Another World Cup is over for Italy. I’m fine, thanks for asking. Oh alright then, you’ve got me – I’m not fine. It bloody sucks. The hardest thing to stomach is the cold hard reality of that potentially being the last […]

Scarves on Statues – Maori Warrior

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] This Māori Warrior situated in Queen Elizabeth Square, opposite the Auckland waterfront, is in my opinion extremely cool. Cast in 1967 by an artist by the name of Molly Macalister, it is New Zealand’s equivalent of the Statue of Liberty. Its […]

Scarves on Statues – Rewi Alley

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Rewi Alley was a somewhat controversial figure, thought of by some as a New Zealand hero who dedicated his life to the causes of peace and education in China, and by others as a sympathiser and supporter of an oppressive Chinese […]

Scarves on Statues – Sir Edmund Hillary

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Sir Edmund Percival Hillary was arguably the greatest New Zealander who ever lived. Along with Sherpa Tenzing Norgay he was one of the first two human beings to climb to the roof of the world and stand on the summit of […]

Scarves on Statues – Rangatira

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Maori legend has it that the town of Waihi gets its name from a Rangatira (chief) who struck his taiaha (spear) into the ground and found water pouring out from the hole it made. With the discovery of this natural spring […]

Scarves on Statues – Arthur Lydiard

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Welcome to the first Scarves on Statues of 2014 – what a difference 6 months makes! It was all very melancholic when we left off, with Roma having had one of the more miserable seasons in my living memory. My parting […]

Scarves on Statues – Keith Holyoake

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] “Kiwi” Keith Holyoake was Prime Minister of New Zealand for 12 years from 1960 until 1972, to date our third longest serving PM. There was some good – he presided over the abolition of the death penalty. Some bad – he […]

Scarves on Statues – Henry Atkinson

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here] Titirangi is amongst my favourite suburbs of Auckland. Nestled high in the Waitakere Ranges, the houses are all buried deep in native bush, each one mostly private and isolated from its neighbours. They cling to the sides of the slopes with […]