My recent visit to Nelson's Founders Heritage Park last week was motivated by the incredible collection of ancient printing equipment in the Nelson Printery. However, a surprise lay in wait for me on entering the Maritime Building.
A geometric abstractionists treasure trove. The series of maritime signal flags surrounding the inside walls of the Maritime Building immediately captivated me, each one an image that could be read as pure abstraction yet each one also carrying meaning, a code of visual signals understood and deciphered by sailors. These flags of course remind me of Kasimir Malevich, the undisputed Russian master of abstraction, and if you want to see a real Malevich painting then the nearest work for New Zealanders is in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Well worth the visit I reckon but then so is Nelson's Founders Heritage Park.