Central Leader : March 9th 2011
9 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 9, 2011 NEWS Best of Fresh for Less New L ynn -- Margan Ave Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm Mt Roskill -- Frost Road Mon -- Sun 7.00am - 7.00pm Greenlane -- 1 Marewa Rd CL 9/3 All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin Mt Albert -- 955 New North Rd Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 7.00pm Mon -- Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm White & Yellow Nectarines $2.99bag Capsicums (All colours) 99¢bag Pukekohe AGRIA Potatoes $12.99bag Golden Queen Peaches $1.99bag Shanghai Bok Choy 79¢bag Round Beans $1.79bag Fresh Courgettes $1.99bag 800g Yummy Flatto Peaches $2.69tray 500g 800g 300g 700g 10kg A work of art unfolding at gallery By HANNAH SPYKSMA Solid work: Stephen Pearson, project director for the Auckland Art Gallery's kauri pod installation, had a team working split shifts out of a joinery shed to create the stunning ceiling. Photo: JASON OXENHAM Good old-fashioned Kiwi workmanship is at the fore- front of the Auckland Art Gallery upgrade. The multi-million dollar renovations are due to be fin- ished in September in time for the Rugby World Cup. And the team behind its refurbishment is hoping all eyes will be on the handcraf- ted kauri roof which has recently been installed. More than 150 cubic metres of timber was sourced to complete the project, which provides a visual centrepiece for the new atrium on Kit- chener St. With the ceiling towering at 15 metres above the entrance, it has been a labour of love for project director Stephen Pearson. The fact that we ve used native New Zealand timber, as well as good old fashion Kiwi workmanship -- those two things together have led to a pretty special end result, he says. Mr Pearson worked with two separate teams to com- plete the installation, which has taken more than two years to build. Designed by architect groups FJMT and Archi- media, the kauri pods are an interpretation of a tree can- opy, and along with the glass facades of the atrium, aim to link the natural and the built environment of the gallery and its surrounds. Each of the 28 pods is close to 10 metres by 5 metres and were created out of small workshop in Papakura. Mr Pearson says the first pod took four months because it was created by hand, with measurements so exact they only had a 0.2mm tolerance. It s a pretty proud thing to have the project finished, he says. It s showing off what we can do as tradespeople and showing off our native timber for the world to see its 100 percent Kiwi workmanship and product. As it stands, 70 percent of the $121 million renovation budget has so far been allocated. Of that, almost $500,000 has gone towards kauri sourced for the atrium roof. Director of the gallery Chris Saines says renovations are on track and he is confident the new prem- ises will open in time for the Rugby World Cup. Construction is due for completion about May, before final checks are completed. Air-conditioning, painting, lift and electrical systems still need to be installed. The gallery will then need three months for conditioning of the building, to let dust settle and reinstall art works. We ll need every day of those following months to be able to move into the area, it s going to be all hands to the pump to get things ready for September, Mr Haines says. I doubt we ll ever have a more challenging time s than the next few months getting ready for opening.
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