Our international and national artists transformed central city walls into amazing artwork for the whole community to enjoy. Check out the walls while you’re in Tauranga’s central city district.
A walk around all six locations takes about 30 to 45 minutes allowing some time for photo stops. Please take care when viewing the work from the road.
Charles And Janine Williams
Partners in life as well as art, their style is a graphic, colourful outworking of their environmental and genealogical urban Māori heritage. At the forefront of a new wave of urban pacific contemporary art coming out of Aotearoa, their passion is to present the beauty and stories of the land and in particular our endemic/native birds (manu) in a modern context to communities and collectors around the world.
Charles is a founding member and president of the world acclaimed TMD crew, a globally renowned collective of creative individuals from all corners of the world who have been pushing the artistic boundaries of urban contemporary and graffiti art for the past 20 years. Janine is also a member of TMD and is one of Aotearoa’s first female urban artists. Together they have spent the past 17 years developing community art activations and projects with a strong focus on youth interaction and life intervention concepts.
Paradox Inside Work: Rere (Soar)
Dreams and aspirations, barriers and obstacles to overcome – what part of ourselves do we contain and what do we allow free to grow? Rere invites the viewer to question life and the people we connect to, in what environments do we become stagnant or do we reach forward to obtain the future knowing there is more than what we can currently see?
‘Ma te huruhuru, ka rere te manu – Adorn the bird with feathers so it can fly’
Paradox Outside Work: Messenger
The Ngai Tamarawaho mokai is the Ruru. Known as Whango, it is said to have appeared as a messenger on many occasions to local Iwi. The historically significant Otamataha Pa is situated along the same stretch of coastline, with Whango watching glarefully over the water he reminds us of the importance of the site and the respect that should be shown here.
Just further along the road Paritaha point was the landing site of the waka tapu Takitimu. The waka hoe (oars) symbolise the acknowledgement of their arrival and reminds us that the great navigators brought us to new lands. Appearing like compass points, they are tucked under the wing of the kaitiaki, a symbol of direction that comes from following great leaders.
Mauao is graphically represented with layers of black/white reminding us of the history of the space. The many seasons, occupations, wars and celebrations are all layers to the history of the area and like sediment layers of a mountain they reveal the stories of the past. Relating to the surrounding area, the colours are a direct link to the ocean, river, sky and the building that sits across the road. It is about visual balance as you come down the street towards the wall, a unity of space and people towards the future.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Askew One is recognized worldwide for his unique approach to graffiti art and remains at the forefront of the international art scene by exploring new and exciting styles.
He is self-taught in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, directing and editing music videos and moving images.
With over 20 years of experience, his need to reach out to the world from his home in New Zealand has driven him, he is now an artist of global repute and the most highly respected aerosol artist from these shores.
Fintan Magee is a muralist based in Sydney Australia. Born in 1985 in Lismore NSW to an architect mother and father who was a sculptor, he started drawing at a young age and became involved in the Australian graffiti scene at the age of 13. Moving away from traditional graffiti in 2010 his large-scale paintings often inhabit the isolated, abandoned and broken corners of the city.
Drawing from personal experience and the mundane his figurative paintings are deeply integrated with the urban environment and explore themes of waste, consumption, loss, transition, and the environment and his works contain a sentimentality and softness influenced by children’s books and the Low Brow art movement.
He has solidified his position as one of Australia’s leading public artists and has travelled extensively, completing projects in London, Vienna, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Moscow, Rome and Dublin amongst others.
Paradox Inside Work: The Graveyard
Paradox Outside Work:
Fintan Magee describes his work as a comment on the current anti-immigration mentality in Australia.
“It’s a guy who is building a wall around himself and blocking himself away in the process. It’s a reaction to growing trumpism in Australia and New Zealand – the whole ‘build a wall’ and ‘stop the boats’ mentality. It’s more of a political cartoon disguised as a portrait.”