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by Chris Tobin

Timaru has been brightened up after the completion of three pieces of street art around the town on Monday.

“I started on Wednesday and this [Monday] is my sixth day – I’ve been putting in 10 to 12-hour days,” said Dunedin artist Aroha Novak, who created a large mural on the side of the Community House building in Strathallan St.

“It’s one of the bigger ones I’ve done.”

Her mural depicts the famous Mt Cook lily made to look like wallpaper.

“It had to be site-specific and reflect the Aoraki region,” she said.

Long days…Aroha Novak was putting in 10 hour work days. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

On the wall of the Willmott’s Workwear building in Sophia Street, another Dunedin artist, known as “Toothfish”, was up a crane on Monday afternoon putting the finishing touches on his creation.

An environmental activist, he said he once worked for Niwa and chose a sea theme for his artwork depicting plankton, the millions of tiny plants and animals that swarm in the world’s oceans, which “are essential for our ecosystem”.

Usually painting wearing a mask to hide his identity, Toothfish had dispensed with the headgear on Monday. He said his art could be seen on walls from Dunedin to Whangarei.

The third artwork completed on Monday is by Anthony Fowler, whose painting of kea, kaka and tui on a garage wall in Raymond St, Timaru, was vandalised last week.

Nearing end…Anthony Fowler in the final stages of his artwork. PHOTO: CHRIS TOBIN

Fowler painted a mural of seabirds on a temporary canvas attached to the side of shipping container near the Speight’s Ale House in George St.

Other Timaru street artists will also create works for the container.

Tomorrow Auckland aerosol and stencil artist Flox (real name Hayley King) will start an artwork on the wall opposite the Speight’s Ale House.

The works have all been commissioned by Alive Vibrant Timaru and the Timaru Civic Trust.