Also see More Auckland Street Art (2016)
Years ago I was leaving Sydney by train, there was so much tagging and graffiti on walls and wagons with so many angles, layers and colours it turned into one long amazing art work to me. From that experience I was primed to appreciate art on the street, the kind that brightens up backs of buildings and dull concrete walls.
Street artists like Owen Dippie (OD) are being commissioned for projects like ‘Larger Than Life’ – a series of murals on Tauranga’s walls. Supporters of the project hope it will attract tourists, it’s worked, Owen’s art has already drawn us to Tauranga and some of his work will feature in a later post – (OD leaves his mark in Mount Maunganui).
Owen also took part in this years All Fresco Public Art Festival held in Auckland from 1 – 4 May. The festival is an initiative by the K* Road Business Association, in its second year, it has enabled around 20 murals and art works to add more character to this already gritty, alternative neighbourhood.
Part of the team at K Road Business Association is Ross Liew, an artist and former curator of Taupo’s Graffiato Street Art Festival. If you walk through the alleyways in Taupo that connect the shopping area you’ll come across plenty of vibrant murals. For now I’ll just take you to Auckland …….
*For those not familiar with Auckland, K Road is short for Karangahape Road, you’ll find it at the top of Queen Street.