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May 4, 2014

Street art brings birdsong to Auckland

By Murray Dewhurst in Auckland, New Zealand

The streets around Karangahape Road, central Auckland, were taken over this weekend by the All Fresco street art festival.

I spent a sunny hour and a half on Poynton Street (by the fire station) drawing Charles Williams, aka Phat 1, working on this piece on the facade of an old art deco apartment. If you've ever seen Charles' work you'll recognise his signature style of enormous luxuriously painted (i.e. sprayed) native birds like this Tieke/Stitchbird. The bird's song is represented by a colourful floral design by LadyDiva that wafts up the street towards Pitt Street bringing the whole street to life.

The tiny figures seen on a cherry picker off to the left are Misery and Tomtom flat-out on an enormous work growing up the wall of a lift shaft. The Monday morning commute will be that bit more colourful for some Aucklanders.


Conor Coady said...
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Conor Coady said...

Really nice work Murray, makes me want to make up a tag name for myself;-}

Marina Grechanik said...

really cool place and sketch!

Murray Dewhurst said...

Thanks Conor and Marina! I see you've been sketching some pretty groovy graffiti street scenes too Marina.