Monday, May 23, 2011

Queens Wharf Clouds Over....

video
You might be wondering how Queens Wharf is unfolding. So here's a bit of video I took on my cell phone from the ferry. It looks very PVC which you would expect. And very cream. Hard now to see Shed 10 which is emerging in a coat of white paint. And when you are on Queens Wharf - to the East of the McCully Cloud - you will certainly have your view of Princes Wharf, Northcote and the Harbour Bridge blocked by the cloud. (I mention this because the ARC's Plan Coastal made a big thing of protecting that particular sight line. But I guess the cloud is temporary. I hope so anyway).

The early artist pictures of the McCully Cloud that were made available to NZ Herald et al were all shown in a night scene. Lots of coloured lights flaring off the cloud's shiney skin contrasted nicely with the more conservative lighting of Auckland CBD in the background. An Adman's dream probably. A landscape architect friend of mine commented at the time, "always beware of designs that are shown at night with coloured lights...". He explained that coloured lighting is a great way of avoiding scrutiny of the thing in plain daylight. Which is what we have to look at all the time now. Interesting in form to be sure, but quite a significant unvaried blot on the landscape. Lacking in "articulation" as architects might say - though it creeps along like the slug it has been compared to.

Difficult for the "man-in-the-street" to ever see the McCully Cloud from the point of view of the artist who prepared those early images that captured the hearts of those who bought the idea. (POV is helicopter at night hovering above the end of Queens Wharf looking up Queen Street).

The experience inside will be an interesting one. Lots of coloured lighting needed I would expect in the middle. Not a lot of windows admitting direct sunlight. Each end should be good though, with the use of clear PVC so at least you can see the sky and the sun can shine in.

Because the McCully Cloud is being used as a sort of NZ Expo for RWC visitors - those who've come to do business anyway - I imagine the inside will contain stands for exhibitors. Quite a lot of stands I guess given its size. The proof of the pudding will be in the rates that are charged per square metre for each stand. Some places will be that much more attractive than others.

Wouldn't do for the McCully Cloud to be half full.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Someone called it a Slug, but looking at it now, all nice and creamy, and sort of rippling its abdominal segments along Queens Wharf, it has become a New Zealand icon - a Huhu Grub. One day it will pupate, become a beetle and fly away.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Queens Wharf Clouds Over....

video
You might be wondering how Queens Wharf is unfolding. So here's a bit of video I took on my cell phone from the ferry. It looks very PVC which you would expect. And very cream. Hard now to see Shed 10 which is emerging in a coat of white paint. And when you are on Queens Wharf - to the East of the McCully Cloud - you will certainly have your view of Princes Wharf, Northcote and the Harbour Bridge blocked by the cloud. (I mention this because the ARC's Plan Coastal made a big thing of protecting that particular sight line. But I guess the cloud is temporary. I hope so anyway).

The early artist pictures of the McCully Cloud that were made available to NZ Herald et al were all shown in a night scene. Lots of coloured lights flaring off the cloud's shiney skin contrasted nicely with the more conservative lighting of Auckland CBD in the background. An Adman's dream probably. A landscape architect friend of mine commented at the time, "always beware of designs that are shown at night with coloured lights...". He explained that coloured lighting is a great way of avoiding scrutiny of the thing in plain daylight. Which is what we have to look at all the time now. Interesting in form to be sure, but quite a significant unvaried blot on the landscape. Lacking in "articulation" as architects might say - though it creeps along like the slug it has been compared to.

Difficult for the "man-in-the-street" to ever see the McCully Cloud from the point of view of the artist who prepared those early images that captured the hearts of those who bought the idea. (POV is helicopter at night hovering above the end of Queens Wharf looking up Queen Street).

The experience inside will be an interesting one. Lots of coloured lighting needed I would expect in the middle. Not a lot of windows admitting direct sunlight. Each end should be good though, with the use of clear PVC so at least you can see the sky and the sun can shine in.

Because the McCully Cloud is being used as a sort of NZ Expo for RWC visitors - those who've come to do business anyway - I imagine the inside will contain stands for exhibitors. Quite a lot of stands I guess given its size. The proof of the pudding will be in the rates that are charged per square metre for each stand. Some places will be that much more attractive than others.

Wouldn't do for the McCully Cloud to be half full.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Someone called it a Slug, but looking at it now, all nice and creamy, and sort of rippling its abdominal segments along Queens Wharf, it has become a New Zealand icon - a Huhu Grub. One day it will pupate, become a beetle and fly away.