Located next to Natural Fit Gym along Tawa Street, just off Pheonix Lane.

1. Tell us about your mural.

I’m always really into the plants and the flowers in new places that I go because they’re usually pretty bold, especially in hot countries. My partner is a plant man, can’t avoid it, and my little girl is picking up all these crazy pods: banksia pods, magnolia tree pods, so the first thing I collected in my house was all these little pods. I’d made some sketches of these weird pine cones and pods, so when this opportunity came out of the blue, and the brief was about precious little things, I just thought it was good that it matched that, and that I was able to apply the pretty standard approach that I have with murals, which involves big plant shapes and big colours.

2. Why do you think it’s important to have art in public places?

Maybe it shakes people out of their normal thing, even if it’s just for a couple of seconds. Everyone can be really involved with their daily task and not really that present, and if they’re like “Woah! Okay! Never thought of that plant before.” Even if they just have a little daydream for a few minutes, maybe that’s it – a bit of a distraction. I get the word cheerful quite a lot [about my mural] and obviously that’s important, for everyone to be happy. This colour blue and this colour pink are pretty much my happy colours, so I thought, if I’m going to paint this enormous wall by myself, I have to have turquoise in my eyes.

Information from https://creativebop.org.nz/2020/01/street-prints-2020-artist-interviews/

Created on December 31, 2019
18 Tawa Street, Mount Maunganui 3116, New Zealand
Hunted by Keren Harris.
Pictures by Keren Harris.

Marker details

Camera usedSamsung SM-G991B
Date created2019-12-31T11:00:00.000Z
Marker typeartwork
CountryNew Zealand