Napier Art Deco Mural

Napier Art Deco Mural

Before the days of Wikipedia I remember struggling with a school art project on the art deco style. Having heard Napier was the Art Deco capital of New Zealand I knew I had to visit. This large city sits of the east coast of the North Island in Hawke’s Bay. In the 1930’s after a large earthquake many of the buildings were constructed in Art Deco architectural style. The mural in the above photograph represents the style very well. If you look closely you can see this is a public toilet!

Government Gardens Fence

Government Gardens Fence

The Rotorua Museum is in the Government Gardens in the centre of the city. In my opinion this public park had an English look and feel but with a Kiwi twist. For example there is a bowling green, croquet lawn and bandstand. But there is also a Polynesian Spa and this Maori themed white fence. This photograph just shows a very small section of the hand painted artwork. There must have been hundreds of these faces on the fence posts, each one slightly different.

Bunjil Shelter

Bunjil Shelter

In the Black Range Scenic Reserve is this small cave. One of the most important Aboriginal rock art sites in Victoria. Bunjil the eagle is a creator deity, culture hero and ancestral being, in Aboriginal mythology. You can see to the right of the Creator Spirit are pictured his two dingoes.

The Avenues Mural at Atlantis

The Avenues Mural at Atlantis

The Palm Jumeirah gave me a great view of Atlantis The Palm. However if you’re not staying at this luxury hotel resort, the other option is to go to the water park. I didn’t have any intention of doing either of these, so decided to explore what I could of the resort. The Avenues is a small shopping mall of luxury boutiques and expensive looking restaurants. The photograph above shows a mural on one of the ceilings. To be honest it was a bit like how I imagine Disney Land to be. Still I thought the mural was definitely worth recording.