Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Plymouth views

In mid-October we took a few days out and took Jayne with us to visit Wanganui and New Plymouth. Wanganui to visit the Sarjeant Gallery and New Plymouth to visit the Len Lye exhibition at the Govett Brewster Gallery and Puke Ariki.

The weather wasn't brilliant, but we did manage to get out and wander about one day in New Plymouth, as well as visit the galleries. And the Len Lye works are stunning!

Graffiti on a building near the Govett Brewster

The old White Stag Hotel is undergoing renovations:

And right across the road is this gloriously decorated clock tower:

We also had a wander around the Taranaki Cathedral Church of St Mary in New Plymouth. I have always admired the clarity of colour in church stained glass windows and how ornate their altars can be:

But what also struck me in St Mary's were the military memorials. I found the Euro-centric view of the conflict with local Maori disconcerting, and accentuated by the token references to Maori who died.

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