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Wellington Wednesday: Cuba Street

March 14, 2012

This is just a short Wellington Wednesday, since I’m travelling tomorrow (back to Christchurch!) and did a very poor job of managing my pre-trip time re: need to pack/finish my thesis/figure out the bus schedule to the airport/do laundry and, uh, did I mention finish my thesis?  Not all of it, just enough to show my advisor and prove that I’m not a total waste of grad school funding.

Anyway, where were we…  That’s right, Cuba Street.

So downtown Wellington is very nicely divided into cultural quadrants: Willis Street where all the expensive stores are; Lampton Quay where all the businesspeople are; Courtenay Place where all the well-dressed drunk people are; and Cuba Street which I keep hearing is the bohemian quarter.  It’s full of cafes, vintage clothes shops and street performers anyway.

It’s actually a fun pedestrian mall.  The buildings are old and really pretty, the coffee’s unbeatable and there’s always someone riding a unicycle or playing covers of ‘Talking Heads’ songs on the accordion.  And probably if I had any interest at all in shopping I’d enjoy that too.

The photo is of the water sculpture on Cuba Street.  The way it works is that the scoops are hinged and water drops from the top one to the bottom one through the miracle of gravity and, uh, weighted imbalance.  I don’t know if that’s the right term, not being a physicist.  I can, however, testify to its effect which is to noisily and aggressively toss excess water onto innocent passersby.  And to delight children.  Naturally.

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  1. March 14, 2012 8:48 pm

    Great colours there!

    • March 16, 2012 12:00 pm

      I agree! It’s one of the more colourful sculptures in Wellington.

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