Part of the mine collapsed back in April, releasing 2 million tonnes of rock into the pit, putting a pause on mining operations which in turn meant the laying off of staff.
This is the old Cornish Pumphouse, just metres to the left of the building is downtown Waihi and to the right the open cast mine. It was moved almost 300 metres on steel rails (the incorrectly lurid red rusty steel running toward the foreground of this sketch).
On display just around the rim track is an enormous Caterpillar dump truck — the most powerful yet slow vehicle I've ever drawn 1000 hp with a max speed of only 60 Kph!
I was in Palmerston North last week, chained to a mac for 10 hours a day helping out on a project. I did manage to sneak out early one day though and grab a quick sketch in the square that I coloured that evening back in the motel.
It was really early, cold (for a soft jafa anyway) but quite pleasant. That tower with the glowing lights that make it look a bit like a giant Jim Speers artwork was working it's magic while it belted out chamber (?!) music to the ducks and their ducklings sheltering from the current duck shooting season.
This building stood out as interesting, if not a little surreal, and appears nestled in flax, cabbage trees and line of pou whenua from this angle. I've since discovered it's considered in some circles as one of New Zealand's ugliest buildings, but I'd disagree, it seems to suit the eclectic square nicely, even though it looks like it might lift off with a cargo of human specimens at any moment.
Another unfinished sketch from the Southward museum down on the Kapiti coast. That place is amazing (even for non-car nuts). I'd only read about these Czech beasts previously so it was pretty cool to see one in the flesh. The world's first aero designed car, with an air-cooled 3 litre V8 sitting off the back of the rear axle they could get along at over 150 kph which isn't bad for 1936.
The 1895 Benz Aero – sketched at the Southward museum in Otaihanga over a year ago. Driving must have been a different experience in those days!