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

Monday, February 20, 2006

Blowing up the Festival

Billowing and wobbling in the breeze like a giant rover, the tent for Les Arts Sauts' acrobatic performances was gradually inflated on its site between Waitangi Park and Te Papa last night, in preparation for its first performance this Friday. I took this photo from the playground, which was the first part of the park to be officially opened to the public, and appears to have been in almost continuous use since Friday.

Update: more pictures on Scoop.


At 2:01 pm, February 20, 2006, Blogger s. said...

Tom, I'm waiting on tenterhooks for your inevitable eruption in response to the story in today's Dom Post: MPs called on to help stop Wellington hotel.

At 3:27 pm, February 20, 2006, Blogger Martha Craig said...

I saw the tent today. I got a helluva fright, because it wasn't there when I went past last night. It is spectacular.

At 3:59 pm, February 20, 2006, Blogger Tom said...

Stephen: no eruption yet, though I did get a couple of digs into my latest post.

Interesting that they're trying the Foreshore & Seabed Act. I presume they'll be invoking cutomary rights, thoug if you're talking "traditional rights", wouldn't that refer to the Harbour Board's right to lock it off to the public so it could be used for commercial shipping? After all, that's what Queens Wharf was for most of its life.

And they probably didn't look at the resource consent application closely enough to see the support that the proposal's got from a Maori consulting body (with Tenths Trust connections). Regarding another waterfront development, Te Atiawa a while back said (not in so many words): "bugger the rowing club, we want to build a wharenui and wharewaka".


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