At Former Logan Park Art Gallery talks James mentions Denmark’s Aalborg Tower (54.9 m), a fantastic structure…
View other photosharing files to see the full height of the observation tower.
Reminds me of simple things NOT to do… like not scrapping the Port Otago mobile cranes that used to ‘inhabit’ the Dunedin wharves (sob, too late) – if ever we needed structural-sculptural expressions of working port history at the Steamer Basin, to make a contemporary edge-place for public gladness and wonder.
This secondhand from notes scribbled on the history of Otago Harbour Board achievements at the Dunedin wharves:
“Major improvements were made to the wharves in the 1960s, including the replacement of wooden decking to take forklift and articulated truck operations, construction of a new oil jetty (the first cargo was delivered on 18 January 1963), new wharf sheds at the X & Y berth – these came into service in 1964, to enable contractors to start on the T & U berth and two sheds almost immediately. T & U received a much more extensive reconstruction than X & Y, with the old wharf giving way to a wide, modern, steel sheet-piled concrete-decked structure, two new sheds and four very futuristic looking Stothert and Pitt 5 ton cranes. The contractors handed the berth over to the board in December 1966.”
Great engineering workhorses are NOT to be confused with that vertical element planned for the Otago Settlers Museum.
How to decorate around utilitarian architecture. Now, about the stadium and its immediate deathly surrounds.
How for it not to look like an impoverished aircraft hangar on the tarmac – can we walk over the main span like Auckland Harbour Bridge for new vantage points? We’re talking leisure and recreation over the dead duck…aka Dunedin adventure sport, a spot of goodwill hunting and DESPERATION to make it pay.
Posted by Elizabeth Kerr