Art at the Dentist

My sweet tooth adores fudge and Wednesday afternoon, for the first time in ages, I bought some maple and walnut fudge. We went home and had a cup of tea, along with a toffee pop biscuit. Crunch.. what is the hard bit? Oh no, part of a tooth on my upper-right had completely broken off – I could feel a big hole where it had come from.

My dentist is 2 hours drive away in Dunedin. Via facebook, after the office had closed, I found they had no spare appointments on Thursday. Next morning I phoned and was relieved to get a Friday afternoon appointment due to cancellation – that’s where I’ve been today. Bridget did a fine job of (a) local anaesthetic that worked (b) constructing a strong repair using modern materials (c) keeping me calm

As I put this post together Friday evening I’ve finally been able to start on the delicious maple and walnut fudge!

Villa in Musselburgh, Dunedin that houses Dentistry on Musselburgh


Nigel and I arrived a bit early and enjoyed some refreshments at the local cafe/restaurant/bar named Brew. Then I walked to the dentist’s reception room inside the villa and waited for my appointment.

My attention was taken by an artwork on the wall and as I looked at it, I recognised the artist’s name, Marilynn Webb ONZM. Checking my blog tonight I find I’ve already blogged about the same artist, here in  Mining Crumble.

Marilynn Webb is now in her early eighties and I’ve just found from Wikipedia that she is a Maori artist, the direct descendant of Moe Ngaherehere, the 47th signatory of the Treaty of Waitangi.

“Lake Mahinerangi – being very pink” (from the land, water and sky suite)
Marilynn Webb  |  Dunedin  |  86

Taking photos was difficult due to reflections but here’s two views.
Click on either of these to see large-size view.



Otago is endlessly fascinating and Lake Mahinerangi is no exception, it’s in the remote back country west of Dunedin. Beneath the waters of the lake lie the remnants of the historic gold mining town of Waipori. Dunedin needed more electricity and in March 1924 the people of Waipori officially said goodbye to their town on Settlement Day. Lake Mahinerangi is the storage lake of a large dam and the water covers the old township. You can read about it in  What lies beneath  an article with photos from the Otago Daily Times.

The other intriguing thing was a poem posted alongside the artwork. The poet is a client of the dental practise and had been inspired to go and see the location represented in the artwork but made a wrong turn and ended up at Waipori Falls – a separate locality.

Lake Mahinerangi – a poem by Dr Robert Fisk



See more artworks by Marilynn Webb including Fiordland (2018), Central Otago and more of Lake Mahinerangi at:  Marilynn Webb : Gallery de Novo

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2019)

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  1. Can identify with your experience. Suddenly a crown failure and another tooth played up at the same time. So, two implants and a bone graft later and no screw ins till September. Implants are £4,000 each. Will have to sell some paintings to the dentist!!

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    1. I really feel for you, such a huge amount of money but you can’t “not” look after your teeth. I had expected mine might be something similarly horrendous but it turned out to be very ordinary so I was lucky on this occasion.

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  2. Curiously, I was just biting into a fudge when I surfed in to your blog…! And chewing very very carefully as I need dental care soon for a multitude of problems… (but it’ll have to wait til the weather gets a bit warmer). Sorry about your teeth, but oh fudge – and maple walnut? Yikes, one of my fave flavours for anything sweet. 🙂 Good when there’s art on a dentist’s walls (or doctor’s) – shows promise.

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  3. Glad that something beautiful for the mind could be experienced at the same time as repair work on your tooth. I pass this dentist just about every day and know several people (including family members) who go to her. Thank you for your descriptions and photos and for sharing the back story to Marilyn’s work. Fascinating. I loved her and the poet Cilla McQueen’s collaboration shown at the Eastern Southland gallery last year. Cilla is a friend of mine and she and Marilyn are very close friends. So much creativity in the south of the south. We have a rich supply to draw from – even when at the dentist!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to share with me Kay. A while ago ago I did a post called Oysters Rock! about the Cilla McQueen poem / mural at Bluff. “Beneath the Sea the oysters rock gently in their beds”… so lovely! Sadly I missed the collaboration you visited, it would’ve been wonderful.


    1. Thank you Tanja. We’re getting close to moving date so a trip that takes 2 hours each way, much of a day, was a serious intrusion on our preparations. Just glad it all went well, and all is fine now 🙂 🙂

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  4. Sorry you had to go through that broken tooth thing, but happy at your outcome and getting back to the fudge! It’s a wonderful thing to have a caring dentist. The colors in the artwork are very soothing.

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