Century of the Machine:
“Century of the Machine” is a mural which recognizes the Miramar Peninsula’s long and fascinating links to transport. It is located on Cobham Drive under the Wellington sign, just South of the Miramar cutting. The mural, which is in the form of a 35mm film negative, is 80 metres long and features 17 large paintings of a diverse array of transport modes, ranging from steam ships through locomotives to seaplanes and even water slides. All of the images are taken from photographs held by the Alexander Turnbull Library Collection. The oldest image dates back to 1875 and the most recent the 1960s. The artist chose to paint in simple black on white to create high contrast slightly abstracted forms which remain easily recognizable even in low light. They also hark back to black and white photography which was the way the original images were captured.
The Miramar Dog
“The Miramar Dog” is a mural in Park Road. Named after a book by a local author, this artwork depicts an oversized book shelf painted on the front of a power transformer building. This was a collaborative project between the artist and the community. All of the books (several hundred) were titled by local people via a Facebook page set up for the project. It is not unusual to see visitors standing in front of The Miramar Dog having their photos taken, or just looking at the book titles.