Otago's wildlife will soon adorn the bricks and mortar of
International street artist Roa, of Belgium, will arrive in
the city today to create a two-storey artwork on the
Diesoline Espresso and BrandAid building, at 7 Bath St.
Roa was recently part of a street art festival in
Christchurch, where he painted a moa skeleton and native
birds on the side of the Canterbury Museum.
Dunedin businesses and tourism organisations have provided
financial support and materials for the artist to create a
mural in the city.
BrandAid creative director Luke Johnston said he hoped the
work would provoke discussion and pave the way for more
street art in Dunedin.
Justin Cashell, of Tourism Dunedin, said Dunedin was the
perfect location for one of Roa's murals, as it was
considered the wildlife capital of New Zealand.
''We look forward to the attention this artwork will receive
from locals, visitors, wildlife enthusiasts and art admirers
alike. It's great to see Dunedin businesses realising the
value this artwork will add to our city by coming on board
with such fantastic support,'' he said.
The artist expected to complete the mural on Friday.
Born in 1976, Roa has become internationally renowned for his
works on the city streets of Europe and the United States.
His niche is wild animals, including rats and birds. Most
were painted in black and white, and usually animals native
to the country of the work.
He has painted a mural in Nelson, and in Australia he was
commissioned to create a 25m artwork of a numbat, an
endangered species and an emblem of Western Australia.