Aotea Gets Arty For ArtWeek


The vast concrete emptiness that has been Aotea Square since it opened has been transformed into a semi-permanent gallery space.

Having be highly critical of this wasted area - I for one welcome this recent addition and hope that the council continues to utilise the space in similar ways ongoing. It pulls people into the square and starts to give this area of Auckland some desperately needed life.

The work is called ‘Earth from Above’ and is part of the ArtWeek Auckland which has been setup by the NZ Contemporary Art Trust and runs between November 5 - 14. You can view what other events they are operating by heading over to their website;

The site describes the work in Aotea as:

A breath-taking collection of large-scale aerial photography by world-renowned French environmentalist, Yann Arthus-Bertrand. A visual record for future generations.

I saw the installation being setup earlier in the week and so headed back down tonight to check it out and also to see how Aotea Square looked with Yann’s artwork setup.

I chose to go in the evening to see if this worked to pull people into the square and I have to say it did - the photos below where take at 10pm and there was a good flow of people moving around and enjoying the large scale photographs. I recommend you head there yourself and take a look.




  1. Kel says:

    Looks really nice! Nice photos!

  2. Kansas says:

    It does look good. I think more people will hang around once the big screen is put up. Great job.

  3. Kel says:

    What type of big screen is going up? A permanent one for advertising or something temporary related to the art exhibition?
    Recently I was thinking downtown would look good with some really big TV screens for advertising and entertainment! :)


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