Christchurch says I always knew you would come back

20 April 2016

A spectacular word picture has been added to Christchurch’s growing street art collection for the finale of this year’s SPECTRUM Festival. Watch the video.

The SPECTRUM WORD UP competition in March set out to find a phrase that captured the way Christchurch people felt about their city.

Local writer, Hannah Herchenbach won with the phrase, I always knew you would come back. Festival Director George Shaw says the words describe the personal journey that resonates with many Christchurch people.

"It was the first thing that popped into my head and instantly made me smile. Everyone seems to have their own personal response to it, which is really nice. To watch it go up is so cool,” Hannah says.

Christchurch’s street art movement is becoming recognised worldwide and it is helping to make the city a fascinating destination. I’m amazed by the amount and the quality of the murals here and how street art has been embraced, I’ve had countless people approach me and tell me how much they love what artists are doing for the city.

Elliott Routledge

Hannah’s words have been painted by international street artist Elliott Routledge, aka Numskull on a Tuam St wall in the South Frame, a new central city destination for art and creativity. The building will become an international language school.

CCDU Deputy Director, Don Miskell enjoyed being part of the panel selecting the winning phrase.

''CCDU saw WORD UP as a great opportunity to collaborate with people who are excited about the South Frame and the future of the central city. It's another example of the creativity flourishing in Christchurch and the words speak of a great city and its people.''

Elliott Routledge Numskull is an Australian contemporary artist based in Sydney. He has shown work and installed major public murals all around the world, including recent installations in London, Vienna, Paris, Tokyo, Singapore and Hong Kong.

“Christchurch’s street art movement is becoming recognised worldwide and it is helping to make the city a fascinating destination. I’m amazed by the amount and the quality of the murals here and how street art has been embraced, I’ve had countless people approach me and tell me how much they love what artists are doing for the city,” Elliott Routledge says.

“SPECTRUM 2016 has been a rip roaring success. We’ve enjoyed a 30 per cent increase in visitor numbers and an overwhelming response from the public,” George Shaw says.

“We’re currently working on a number of fronts to ensure that Christchurch’s global reputation as a street art city continues to grow and flourish.”

Hannah is heading to Christchurch’s i-SITE Visitor Centre this week to choose her own $1000 ‘Experience Christchurch’ voucher, her WORD UP prize courtesy of Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.

WORD UP formed part of the finale of the third annual SPECTRUM festival organised by Oi YOU! and the YMCA Christchurch in partnership with the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Christchurch City Council, and Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism.

For more information see www.streetart.co.nzwww.ymca.org.nzwww.facebook.com/OiYouStreetArt or www.facebook.com/YMCACHCH, using #wordupchch and #spectrumstreetart