Dunedin is becoming a canvas for internationally-renowned
The third big mural this year is being completed on an
inner-city Dunedin building.
The first was started in January, when Belgian street artist
Roa was commissioned to paint a tuatara on a Bath St building
- which proved so popular other building owners wanted to get
in on the fun.
For the past week, English street artist Phlegm has been in
Dunedin creating two new murals.
''It's great here for street art. You've got so many big
industrial old buildings here. I grew up painting on
buildings like this in Sheffield,'' Phlegm said yesterday.
''I travel all the time doing this sort of work and I'd love
to come back to Dunedin. A couple of other buildings have
caught my eye.''
The artist was inspired to come to Dunedin after learning
about the city from his Belgian colleague.
''Phlegm is friends with Roa and heard that Dunedin was an
amazing city to visit and paint in,'' street art enthusiast
Justin Cashell said yesterday.
''We're lucky to have him here. These people are highly
sought-after. Dunedin is spoken of very highly by
international street artists.''
The two Phlegm works, in Moray Pl and Vogel St, were financed
by local business owners Lawrie Forbes, Chris James and Riah
''It's a piece of art for the whole city,'' Mr Forbes said.
''It's something that everyone can share.''
The works' artistic merit was endorsed by the Dunedin City
''It's great to see members of the public so enthusiastic
about donating to enhance the streetscape in such a
contemporary and visible manner,'' DCC heritage policy
planner Glen Hazelton said.
''We have had very positive feedback about the Roa piece in
Bath St and are expecting to get a similar response to these
pieces by Phlegm.''
Mr Cashell hoped the works would lead to the establishment of
a street art festival in Dunedin.
''We have always been seen as an innovative, art-focused city
[and] a street art festival fits this image. This would be a
fantastic opportunity for the Dunedin City Council to get on
board with a festival that would have lasting positive
returns for the tourism industry,'' he said.
Phlegm will complete his second mural before leaving Dunedin