Window dressing

Auckland city early in the morning has some delightful corners..

Each morning when I walk up from Britomart through Lorne St in the darkness, I pass an optometrist called Mortimer Hirst. Month-by-month, I stop and watch when the displays in their shop window change. They have gone from rock-and-roll Barbies, to squirrels and construction-site-Ken’s, endlessly creative.

This morning, the window had changed again…


As I turned after photographing it, a man with a coffee in his hand spoke to me: “Do you like my display?”

“It is gorgeous. I was just photographing it to send to a friend in Wellington. She would appreciate your humor too.”

“Thank you” said Ton, introducing himself. “I got in here at 5:00 am to get this one installed. I’m off to work in the US so I had to get this one finished in time.”

“The one with the squirrels in glasses a few months back was so clever. Thank you for sharing these.”

“You are welcome.” he smiled as we parted. You can see more of Ton’s designs here

And here are the squirrels from his window display from August, 2017:

Author: Rockweather

I am a writer, musician, teacher, and researcher at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in Auckland, New Zealand.

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