Hope street art murals will spur further works

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by Greta Yeoman

Timaru will transform into street art central later this month.

Three artists will create murals on the walls of prominent Timaru buildings.

Alive Vibrant Timaru representative Lynne Kerr said the three street artists had pitched their work to the event organisers.

She hoped the initial artworks would inspire more around the town, particularly given large murals had increased in popularity across the country, including in Dunedin, Christchurch and Nelson.

Two of the artists, Aroha Novak and Toothfish, will be coming from Dunedin to paint, having created several murals in the southern city.

They will begin painting their murals on October 30, followed by Auckland artist Flox on November 9.

Flox (real name Hayley King) will be returning to South Canterbury to paint a mural, after having created an artwork on the side of a classroom at St Andrew’s School in June.

Novak will be taking over a wall on the harbour side of Community House in Strathallan St, while Toothfish will paint his creation on the Wilmott’s Workwear building in the Royal Arcade.

They will paint until November 5, and then Flox will take to a wall opposite Speight’s Ale House, from November 9-15.

Alive Vibrant Timaru representative Josh Newlove said alongside the mural creations, Timaru street artists would produce works on temporary canvases attached to the side of shipping container.

The container would be located on the tiled area outside the Landing Services Building while the artworks were being created, he said.