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Celebrating Street Art in the City

Painting the Walls with Inspiration

With a vibrant and growing arts scene, Christchurch has earned a strong reputation as the home of street art. Exploration of the inner city reveals colourful artworks from a range of inspiring artists. Be sure to keep track of the ever-evolving murals in the city with Watch This Space. 

YMCA Building – Kaitaki 

Irish artist Fin DAC’s mural Kaitiaki (the Māori word for ‘guardian) showcases elements of Māori culture and mythology and is a symbol of protection for the city. Fin DAC is well known for his images depicting beautiful women, with eye masks, gorgeous clothes and elegant makeup. His style called ‘Urban Aesthetics’, combines modern urban stencil art and the traditional art of portrait. Check out the artwork Kaitaki - Fin DAC.

Lichfield Street - Organic Matters 

Wellington-based artist Chimp artwork of tui and titipounamu (rifleman) surrounded by flowers and bees highlights the important activities going on within the Justice Precinct buildings while relating back to the natural New Zealand subject matter. Check out the artwork Organic Matters - Chimp 

Tuam Street - Alice in Wonderland 

On the building of Alice Cinematheque, you’ll find a mural inspired by Alice in Wonderland. Christchurch based artist Jacob Yikes is well known for his murals throughout the city and New Zealand often highlighting bizarre compositions, strange figures and symbolism. Check out the artwork Alice in Wonderland - Jacob Yikes.

Lichfield Street - David Kidwell

To celebrate the Rugby League World Cup 2017 and Christchurch's role as a host city Mr.G created a mural dedicated to New Zealand's Rugby League World Cup head coach David Kidwell. Check out the artwork David Kidwell - Mr. G.

Rauora Park - Spray Cans 

The space contains eight giant spray cans with graffiti sprayed over them. The eight cans are physically split in two groups, with three cans intended for long-term works that will be refreshed sporadically, and five serving as ‘free-for-all’ surfaces, as evolving canvasses. Jacob Yikes, Wongi Wilson, Nick Tam, from Christchurch’s famed DTR crew, painted the three ‘permanent’ cans. Check out the artwork Giant Spray Cans.

Innovation Precinct - Kathmandu 

Wongi "Freak" Wilson, a Christchurch born street artist who’s been a great advocate for eliminating the negative stigma associated with graffiti art. Wongi Wilson is well known in post-quake Christchurch for his murals with his art forming a big part of the city's new creative identity. View his Nepal and Kathmandu related mural next to the Kathmandu headquarters in the Innovation Precinct. Check out the artwork Freak  - Wongi.

Ibis Hotel - Rise from the Rubble 

The design by local artist Brandon Warrell was one of three the public were asked to vote on as part of a Council initiative to create a new mural on the wall of the Ibis Hotel in Hereford Street. The mural is inspired by New Zealand natives: a Kowhai tree and a wax-eye bird showcasing the beauty of NZ’s flora and fauna. Rise from the Rubble - Brandon Warrell.

Allen Street - Erika Pearce 

This mural is showing Harlem-Cruz Atarangi Ihaia, the Miss Universe New Zealand 2017. Artist Erika Pearce painted her wearing a traditional moko and a crown of Kawakawa leaves to represent the sadness of the loss of the extinct huia bird. Check out the artwork Mural - Erika Pearce.