Drunken Worms and First Impressions.

There’s an old saying that “you never get a second chance to make a first impression” and it certainly applies to the northern entrance to Dunedin. The first impression of Dunedin from Pine Hill Road is inviting and promising as you look over the Leith Valley, across the central city and out to the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, that promising first impression is then deflected onto the ugly steel tubing fence that runs along the pedestrian footpath like two drunken parallel worms. This ugly fence provides the frame between the northern section of the Town Belt and State Highway One. The Society realise that a fence is necessary in this area as there is a significant steep cliff below its position, but what about considering the aesthetics of its design and its relationship to the wider landscape? Perhaps by considering those elements we might get a second chance on making a good first impression after all.