Wellington Street Art (2)
I left Mike and boys watching the ‘bird man’ competition on the waterfront and set off on another quest to find street art. My first such walkabout in August really stimulated my interest in this genre and now, five months later, I was out for another go.
Cable St, Bond St, Victoria St
I started with a fantastic shark mural that appeared in Sept before continuing on, covering some of the same ground I explored last time.
This walkabout highlighted the temporary nature this art form inherently possesses, with two sites painted over since August (one definitely by the same artists).
Opera House Lane
My focus moved to a couple of lanes off Manners Street. This first was a relative treasure trove; the density and layers of art, graffiti and tagging point to this area being a popular street canvas for decades.
While ‘less busy’ there were still several pieces here to see here. Access down this lane had been closed during my previous walkabout (and for several weeks altogether I think) due to an elevator shaft that had been destabilised by earthquakes. The offending structure has now been removed.
A few blocks away were a couple of murals I’d glimpsed from the bus in the mornings. Now I could investigate at closer quarters.
I called it quits there and caught the bus home. I can see this will be an ongoing project and I’ve taken to making notes on my phone when I spy some art so that I can return on foot with camera. Newtown is next on my list for local exploration, but before then I’ll be heading down to Christchurch to check out the Rise street art festival.