Max Oettli

Department Store, Auckland City

Department Store, Auckland City by Max Oettli

Artwork Detail

Milne and Choyce Department store in Queen Street was refurbished during the early 1970s and the company installed Auckland’s most advanced silent escalators. They had spun-satin stainless sides that were both burnished and subtly reflective. Max Oettli has recognised what a dominant feature they were in connecting the four floors of the store. He has also seen how attractive these ultra-modern moving staircases were to children. In this photograph the young girl licks the rubber handrail as if it is liquorice. What results is a somewhat scary yet humorous image of a child’s delight in modern shopping technology.

Department Store, Auckland City
Max Oettli
Production date
gelatin silver print
212 x 298 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2014
Accession no
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New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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