Every now and then you see a relatively cheap and simple idea and think “why has this not been done already”. That was the case on Friday when, in response to the release of designs for the America’s Cup bases, Hamish Kieth suggested we need to paint the rest of the tanks at Wynyard as a backdrop.
Design release for America’s Cup bases – are they going to do something to finish the painting of the tanks – they will be an eyesore background to the base pic.twitter.com/diWqGuzDEh
— Hamish Keith (@hamish_keith) January 18, 2018
— Hamish Keith (@hamish_keith) January 19, 2018
I think this is a fantastic idea and should happen regardless of the America’s Cup. These won’t even be the first tanks at Wynyard that have been painted and Hamish was behind the painting of eight tanks so far by artist Askew One.
There were plans at the time to paint the rest of the tanks but it was stopped by council officials who didn’t want the public to become too attached to them.
Waterfront Auckland, the council-owned body in charge of developing Wynyard Quarter, is understood to be miffed at Mr Keith’s plans to place artworks on privately-leased sites through Wynyard Quarter for up to eight years.
It is concerned about Aucklanders growing fond of the painted tanks and objecting to their removal for land development.
Chief executive John Dalzell declined to answer questions, but in a statement the council body said it had been approached by Mr Keith with a proposal with funding and artists confirmed and an agreement from the owners of the tanks.
“We looked at it and supported it on the proviso that the public nature of the waterfront was acknowledged and once the first phase had been done we’d look at the public response before supporting any further work,” the statement said.
Not doing something like this now and keeping an area dull just because it might make things a little harder in the future is a really poor argument. I ope they don’t try that one again this time.