Decades ago, in a spurt of forethought by what was then the Auckland Regional Council, the Ash Street Bridge which spans the Whau River and links New Lynn and Avondale was built wider to accommodate potential road widening in the future.
Pots were later placed to fill the spaces created by the differing widths of the bridge and road. They were planted with pohutukawa trees over the ensuing years (most of which passed away for lack of water) and the pots became regular targets for graffiti.
Recently the pots have had a beautiful makeover by artist Paul X Walsh, commissioned by Tag Out Trust. Derek Battersby, a foundational trustee of the trust said that it had long been his view to inject some colour into the pots and liven up the bridge environs.
A fun quirky collection by artist Paul X Walsh: Liquorice Allsorts; Jars and cans of food; Fish tanks with jellyfish, fish and turtles.