If so, you’ve got until 15 June to get to Paradox Street Art Festival at Tauranga Art Gallery, it’s free. The Oi YOU! Collection is on display and includes 22 works by UK artist Banksy as well as works by FAILE, Paul Insect and Swoon.
Banksy’s powerful ‘Flower Thrower‘ is part of the Oi YOU! Collection – throw flowers not Molotov cocktails, make peace not war.
‘Trolley Hunters’ is another of Banksy’s art works that makes an impact and speaks volumes in paint.
Be sure to walk up the stairs and around the sheets of perspex to be surprised by Perspexive 2 painted by Sofles. Place your feet on the footprints and use your phone as instructed – what you see is vivid and stunning. (Spoiler: Click through the images of Perspexive 2 if you can’t make it to Paradox).
Downstairs, put on a headset and be taken on a visual trip through derelict buildings. The walls of the buildings feature striking female faces created by Australian street artist Rone. (Spoiler: See Rone’s portraits if you can’t make it to Paradox).
Six art works have also been painted in Tauranga streets and the festival programme includes a map of where to find them. Below is ‘Messenger‘ by Charles & Janine Williams. The ruru (morepork) is painted on the wall of the car park at 24 Dive Crescent, opposite Cargo Shed.
Other events coming up as part of the festival include Paradox Film Festival, a workshop to print your own street art t-shirt, and a Youth Street Art Exhibition and Auction.
PS. If you’re a Bay of Plenty local and are wondering like I was why Owen Dippie wasn’t involved in the festival, I read it’s because he had obligations elsewhere. (See an earlier blog post – OD leaves his mark on Mount Maunganui).