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Living amongst art in the Wellington region

Wellingtonians are surrounded by art. Today we look around the region at our favourite mural and street art pieces, and see what stories they tell.

photo by Josh Wotton

Westland Road walkway

Xoe Hall
The design is inspired from the vibrant bird life and nearby Te Whaea: National Dance and Drama Centre, and in particular, archival photos of dancers dressed as birds. Birds depicted in the mural include Tui, Piwakawaka (Fantail), Kaka, and from Australia the Rosella, and Magpie. Initiated by residents at 1 Westland Road, with support from the Council’s City Safety Team and Mount Cook Mobilised.

Photo by Kate Burney

Waikanae Railway Bridge

Theo Araj

A group of Waikanae residents fed up with taggers decided to take matters into their own hands, and asked Theo Araj to create a series of murals depicting natural life on the Kapiti Coast. The works can be spotted driving in and out of the town from the south-end, with more birds being added to the flock every few months.

 

photo by Josh Wotton

Jessie St /Taranaki St

Phlegm, 2016

Internationally renowned British Street artist, Phlegm visited Wellington for five days in 2016 and created this large-scale artwork responding to the history of the building at the corner of Jessie and Taranaki street. The building, owned by Trevor Bettany, has been in his family since the 1930s when they were importing, servicing and maintaining cinema projectors. During the war the family reverse-engineered the tech from those early projectors to start making them locally. One of these hybrids is now in the Roxy, and it provides the inspiration for much of the imagery in this mural.

 

photo by Josh Wotton

Egmont St

Stephen Templer, 2016
Stephen Templer is an illustrator known for his ability to tell stories through art. Reflecting on the history of a 1924 attempted robbery his mural The Great Egg Heist is the tale of a burglary-gone-wrong. Two burglars broke into a chicken factory and tried, using dynamite, to break into a safe. All they got away with was 15 shillings!

Photo by artist

Naenae

Joe McMenamin

McMenamin’s first proper mural commission was for Hutt City Council in Naenae.  He worked with students to create the mural – and hoped to give young artists an avenue of legitimate art rather than graffiti.