Dutch street artist Leon Keer works on his
three-dimensional artwork in the Octagon, Dunedin,
yesterday. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
The heart of Dunedin had an art attack yesterday. Dutch
artist Leon Keer started a three-dimensional mural in the
Octagon as part of the national Gigatown internet competition.
''It's called trompe l'oeil technique, which is a French word
for deceiving the eye,'' Mr Keer said yesterday.
''It's an anamorphic painting with a perspective illusion; so
you have to stand at a certain point, to get the point of
The 43-year-old, from Utrecht, in the Netherlands, started on
the 10m work, Fantasy World of Fibre, at 3pm on Monday.
''I like being on the street. When you work in the studio,
you only have two senses to work with. Here, you get the
wind, the weather conditions and the people around you. You
have more senses you can use,'' he said.
''Also, as an artist, you can never directly answer your own
questions; like, is your work good enough? Can it be
improved? You always ask yourself these questions as an
artist. In the street, these questions get answers,'' he
''When I've finished, I'll stand over there and the painting
will be in the public domain. And that's fine with me. At the
end, I usually have to stand in line with everybody else to
take a photo of my own artworks.
''It should last for a couple of weeks, because I painted it
in acrylic. But, it depends on the weather and how many
people walk over it.''
The artwork was part of a Gigatown social media competition
to find the first southern hemisphere town to access a
one-gigabit-per-second internet connection and $200,000
The artwork would draw attention to Dunedin's bid to win the
competition, Digital Office project manager Josh Jenkins
''We're stoked to see a visit from Leon. Street art has
become more popular in the past few years and having an
international artist in Dunedin is an honour.''
The five Gigatown finalists will be announced on September 30
Wanaka was leading the Gigatown standings yesterday with
503,382 points, ahead of Oamaru, on 294,939 points. Dunedin
was in seventh place, with 80,857 points.
The artwork will be unveiled in the Octagon at 3pm today.
For more information on Gigatown, visit gigatown.co.nz