Moray Place building curtained in lacework

Polish street artist NeSpoon (left) and her husband Martin Rutkiewicz begin their lacework mural...
Polish street artist NeSpoon (left) and her husband Martin Rutkiewicz begin their lacework mural on a Moray Pl building yesterday. Photos by Peter McIntosh.
Polish street artist NeSpoon (left) and her husband Martin Rutkiewicz begin their lacework mural...
Polish street artist NeSpoon (left) and her husband Martin Rutkiewicz begin their lacework mural on a Moray Pl building yesterday.

A massive lacework pattern is spreading across a Dunedin building as the city's street art collection continues to grow.

Polish artist NeSpoon began the piece in Moray Pl near the Fortune Theatre yesterday with her husband Martin Rutkiewicz.

The Warsaw couple said they had completed numerous pieces of street art around the world but this was their first time in New Zealand.

NeSpoon said she was sent photographs of the building and designed the artwork from those while at home in Warsaw.

The pattern was put on to 100 stencils on Monday with painting on the building beginning yesterday.

Cities becoming festooned with street art was a global trend, Mr Rutkiewicz said.

Dunedin already had a large number of high quality, significant pieces of street art, considering its size.

While much of the city's art was from international artists the couple knew and had worked with before, the locally produced works had also impressed them, he said.

"You see the city is living, it's like public art. The city is starting to be a sort of public gallery.''

The painting was expected to be finished today or tomorrow and last at least 20 years.

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