New Plymouth Street Art
Back in March we shot up to New Plymouth for a family thing. With fairly low expectations for getting out and about outside of that, the weekend delivered way more than I thought it would. For one thing, I had no idea this unassuming coastal city contains a treasure trove of street art.
It had been a few years since I was last here and as I navigated through the CBD looking for our hotel my eyes spied a colourfully adorned brick wall. Distracted by this I overshot the hotel carpark and carried on around the block. My neck snapped to the left as I spied a large piece down an alley. Wondering what else was around, I may have squealed.
Over the weekend we had time for a couple of walks, me now driven by a new mission to find art. (Though to keep the other member of my traveling party happy this was also balanced with an exploration of New Plymouth’s fantastic coastal walkway.)
I hadn’t realised that my favourite street art duo – now doing their thing individually – are from this city, which I’m sure has a lot to do with the proliferation of colourful walls today. Also: not a common characteristic with city councils, but this one has recognised the value of street art to help create an inner city vibrancy.
Another council with a similar philosophy is Dunedin and we’re heading down there after Christmas for more street art heaven.