Personal reflections on urbanism, urban life and sustainable urban design in Wellington, New Zealand.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Artful windows

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The World of WearableArt festival is nearly upon us, and having gone to all the effort of creatively nicking the event from Nelson, the council is making the most of the opportunity with a busy calendar of events. For those who don't already have tickets for the awards events themselves (which are all sold out already), the most visible manifestation will be the Excessive Accessories street parade tomorrow. Update: I've now got some photos of the parade.

Also, local shops are being encouraged to create WearableArt-themed windows from today. Abstract and Iko Iko in Cuba Mall were among the first to get into the spirit. Kirkcaldie and Stains have lived up to their reputation for high-quality window displays with a series of "Edible Art" displays in their Cuisine shop. New World Metro, Dymocks and Whitcoulls have done their bit, but otherwise, the Lambton end of town is looking like it hasn't bothered so far. It looks like all those foreign-owned chain stores that are being put to shame by the local shops.

I've posted photos of the window displays on flickr. Look carefully at the skirt in Abstract's window: it looks like someone's put in a lot of work welding all those spoons and forks together!


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