The Auckland Art Gallery really is a beautiful space.
I started my day with a caramel macchiato in Queen Streets’ Starbucks before heading to Albert Park to enjoy the tranquility of the area. I sat beside the fountain, listening to the water splash, watching the sky turn grey and as I felt the rain start to fall upon the bench I set out for the art gallery nestled close by.
I only meant to stay a little while, look at the paintings I’d missed from my visit last year, see if anything new had appeared. But I ended up wandering around the entire place for a few hours. It’s a beautiful space to be in, very calming. The various sculptures and paintings all in their unique styles are fascinating to view. Thinking about the stories captured in the canvas, the materials used to create these effects, the symbolism held within, the time and thought it must have taken to create… It’s a place that really takes you out of the turmoil of your personal troubles, and lands you in a scene from the past, with a story to tell and a message to give. It’s an inspiring atmosphere to be in.
Everyone in the gallery walks slowly, taking in their surroundings. All is quiet, apart from gentle conversation about the artist’s work. There’s a mutual respect for the work, the artists and the viewers. It’s one of the few calm and quite places to be found in a very rainy Auckland.
Leaving the gallery I felt at peace. I had abandoned the insignificant troubles that had hung around my neck for days. I regained focus, motivation and interest in the world around me. I was inspired! I wanted to create like I used to, I wanted to improve, I wanted to view more. A simple visit to an art gallery, and a real appreciation of the art around you can change your mood and mindset so quickly.
If only life had more places like this.