might call it artistic license. I call it epic failure. The May 2012 edition of QST (p.79) had a photo from Bob
Kernish, KD2ADL, of an avant-garde-style public bench in Auckland, New Zealand, that features a repeating string
of Morse Code characters. Bob was puzzled over the apparent message, "SPARKLAG WATERS." After checking with some
Aussie Hams, they believe it was intended to say, "SPARKLING WATERS." I'm guessing it was a government project,
designed by committee, and no authority on Morse Code was engaged during the process. The project was probably
over budget and late, so there was no more money to re-paint the message.
Per the poster's investigation,
"The Port of Auckland is part of the Waitemata Harbour ('sparkling waters' is the translation of this Maori
word)." Maybe the Maoris pronounce "ing" an just "g." The original photo and a short description of the phenomenon
is available at http://auckland-west.co.nz/?p=9153
These benches are located at the entrance to Queens Wharf. I did a search using
on Google Maps, but could not locate the benches. Maybe they were installed after the Google
camera vehicle captured their images. I cannot find a spot that looks like the other photo on the page. There
appears to be trolley or train track embedded in the sidewalk, and I do not see them anywhere.
Morse Code on Benches in Auckland, New Zealand