Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans festival is back on again in Napier with 20 world renowned muralists painting the town all the colours of the rainbow.
Napier council, in partnership with the PangeaSeed Foundation and the Alternative Arts Initiative, has bought the event back for a second year in a row which will see painters from as far as the US, Brazill, Portugal and France alongside Kiwi artists splashing large scale murals – each one addressing a pressing ocean environmental issues.
PangeaSeed Foundation’s New Zealand coordinator Cinzah Merkens says he’s excited to grow Napier’s existing collection of public art with this new line up of muralists.
“This year we’ll branch out into new mediums such as sculpture and installation based works, and provide the opportunity for local Hawke’s Bay up and coming mural artists to be part of the festival,” he says.
At the conclusion of the festival, Merkens says Napier will boast 49 strong public works of art.
“This will surely inspire the community to become better stewards of the sea,” he says.
“The event was a great success last year with the creation of 29 large scale murals, raising awareness about critical ocean issues, while beautifying the town and creating a real sense of pride and ownership of public spaces by the local community and visitors.”
Hawaii-based PangeaSeed founder and director Tre’ Packard is looking forward to returning to Napier to lead the project and support the artists.
“We’ve held the Sea Walls project in Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Canada, Grenada, Vietnam, Mexico and Sri Lanka. By taking the oceans into the streets we aim to inspire communities to be aware of and be proactive about what is happening to our oceans,” he says.
“We think New Zealand is a special place, with a unique marine environment deserving of protection, and we look forward to enriching Napier’s urban landscape with more murals.”
For those who want to hear more from the artists themselves about their work, PangeaSeed and the role of mural art in raising awareness about the environment, there will be an artists’ panel discussion on Saturday, March 25 at the MTG Hawke's Bay.
The painting will take place over five days – March 20th to 24th – and the artists welcome the opportunity for locals and visitors to stop for a chat about their work and the cause.
The Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans 2017 map can be downloaded here.
The artist line-up is as follows:
Andrew Schoultz - USA
Arlin Graff - Brazil
Alyssa Irizarry - USA
Berst - New Zealand
Bordalo - Portugal
Cryptik - USA
Erika Pearse - New Zealand
Flox - New Zealand
Freeman White - New Zealand
Georgia Hill - Australia
Jack Marsden Mayer - New Zealand
James Bullough - USA
Jet Martinez - USA
Kelly Spencer - New Zealand
Leanne Culy - New Zealand
Pat Perry - USA
Ren Hardgrave - New Zealand
Rustam Qbic - Russia
Seth - France
T Wei - New Zealand
Tread - New Zealand