Street art upsets Dunedin residents



DSA at FB 21.12.14 (3)

19 murals had gone up in a “short time” […] “We don’t want a city full of tatty unmaintained murals in years or decades to come.” -Simon Eddy, submitter

### ODT Online Sat, 4 Apr 2015
Resource consent for mural debated
By Vaughan Elder
The Dunedin Street Art group’s “struggle” to get permission for a mural on an inner-city apartment building continued at Dunedin City Council hearing. Hearings commissioner Colin Weatherall is to decide whether a proposed mural on the side of a Liverpool St apartment building will get resource consent following submissions from nearby apartment owners.
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Comments at ODT Online on mural for 5 Liverpool St:

What is the positive impact?
Submitted by oh_no on Sat, 28/03/2015 – 7:08pm.
I hate the paint, the colour and the content of the artwork as public art – the image does not look like ‘Love is in the air’? – the image is very negative: a young girl behaving like a cougar, unsolicited advance, precociousness, socially inappropriate behaviour, uncomfortable little boy – something feels ‘off’ about the sociology of this image for a public space – painted brick (a whole building painted blue!) is inappropriate in Liverpool St – what is the positive impact?

Stripped and raw
Submitted by ej kerr on Sat, 28/03/2015 – 5:34pm.
Gimme raw unpainted concrete, aggregate, plaster or brick any old day into the future – rather than temporary screens of prettifying generics. Contemporary visual art in New Zealand, thankfully, has a better more robust pedigree and savage provenance of experiment than Hilda Ogden’s sitting room wall at Liverpool St. Somebody atop DSA has gone very quiet for this hunk of lace; while Council policy planning for heritage and townscape is on-and-off conflicted through growing abundance of these f(r)ictional type behaviours, tattoo ‘inks’ and overblown signage.

DSA murals proposed Liverpool Crown 2015 [ODT via screenshots]Building as Sign: Proposed murals for 5 Liverpool St, facade to carpark on Bond St; and Crown Hotel, 179 Rattray St, facade to Broadway [screenshots]

ODT articles:
4.4.15 Painterly effects
29.3.15 Pub mural to reflect heritages
28.3.15 Proposed mural concerns neighbours
19.1.15 Best to leave those bricks alone – Peter Entwisle at Art Beat
For more news, enter *murals* in ODT search box.

View images:
Dunedin Street Art at Facebook
Dunedin street art via Google Images
Dunedin murals via Google Images
Photos by Glen Hazelton (Tumblr)

Related Post and Comments:
19.10.14 Dunedin: Randoms from inside warehouse precinct 18.10.14 [photos]
15.10.14 Vogel St. Street Party | Saturday 18 Oct 3pm – 11pm
22.6.14 Vogel Street Heritage Precinct (TH13) [photos]

█ See comment by Elizabeth at post dated 19.10.14, and following comments….

Note to Dunedin City Council
Painting over raw red brick and stone walls in listed heritage and townscape precincts, altering their natural appearance, is CONTRARY to the Rules of the Dunedin City District Plan.

Mural applied to raw red brick, alley next to 104 Bond St. Image (detail) - Dunedin Street ArtMural applied to [1860s] raw red brick in the side alley at 104 Bond St
Image: Dunedin Street Art, detail (Facebook)

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

*Images: (top) DSA at Facebook 21.12.14; side-by-side screenshots via ODT publications (tweaked by whatifdunedin)


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22 responses to “Street art upsets Dunedin residents

  1. Elizabeth

    ODT World Focus 6.4.15 – World in Pictures (page 12)
    The image is referred to as graffiti rather than ‘street art’ – food for thought as we contemplate falling quality of ‘signage’ (buildings as SIGNS) at Dunedin via DSA.

    ODT World Focus 6.4.15 p12 Graffiti in Rome 1

  2. Elizabeth

    Art Beat loses the plot over mural image:

    Keep on Opposing mural for 5 Liverpool Street.

  3. Hype O'Thermia

    I usually support P Entwisle’s position because he knows his subject and cares about Dunedin. Not this one though! I don’t care how famous the artist is, how many art schools she came Top In Class at, or how popular her work is with anyone anywhere in the world, that proposal is syrup overload. How many Hallmark cards does anyone need?

    On the other hand – LOVE the mural on the side of the Playhouse! Even when it gets shabby – and buildings do, over time, between (expensive) do-ups – it’ll still be interesting. It has the advantage of being complex, so a bit of paint flaking won’t show up, and in quiet colours so it doesn’t shout, it sits there content to let people take a good look at it or carry on with what they’re doing without really noticing it.

  4. Calvin Oaten

    Hype, as the saying goes,”beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. If you don’t like it, blink and move on. Me, I think the city looks OK being made into a ‘poster boy’. Beats the hell out of ‘graffiti’.

  5. Peter

    I agree, Calvin. Street art makes the place look alive especially in areas which have been rundown. It is a matter of personal taste as to what murals you prefer, but that’s life. I pretty well like most of it. Though the Bond St one with the girl kissing the boy is a bit too cute.
    Also non-commissioned street art can look quite ‘cool’ too and has the spontaneity feel about it. I like political street art. It would be good to have more of that.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      I like some street art, I like the city looking lively. One thing that could increase the appearance that there’s plenty going on is posters. Having tried to find places to put up posters for a community event of general interest, I struggled. The “proper” poster boards are taken up (paid for, I believe) by commercial event promoters. Shopkeepers are pestered to display notices and many have become weary. Some said they only accepted posters for events in their own suburb – school fairs etc. A city-wide club with an event of interest to people from all over, didn’t qualify. Various bins and boxes have already been decorated – to prevent posters and graffiti I suppose. Other places have notices prohibiting posters.
      And yet these low-budget events, cat, dog, poultry and cage bird shows, demonstrations of weaving and music and dance class concerts and talks and the gasworks museum could all attract locals and visitors who aren’t even aware they are happening. Yes I know, there are little notices in the ODT and Star, but you have to read right through, and they don’t grab attention the way a poster does.
      To tell the truth, I prefer informal street art – not tags, those dreary scrawls that are the knuckledraggers’ equivalent of dog pee on a lamp post – but clever paintings and stencils, where they adorn fences around building sites, or the artists’ own property. Or where the property owner says “OK”.

  6. Elizabeth

    Graffiti everyone wants on their clean wall like a bad tattoo ‘fashion’ / subculture crap – cheap nasty SIGNAGE, an affront to heritage city.

    ### April 22, 2015 – 6:35pm
    New street art murals added to cityscape
    A couple of new street art murals are being added to Dunedin’s cityscape.

  7. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Wed, 27 May 2015
    Mural altered after complaints made
    By Shawn McAvinue
    A Polish artist was pressured to change a large mural after the Dunedin City Council deemed it inappropriate. Street artist Bezt was commissioned to paint a mural in the Scenic Circle Southern Cross Hotel car park earlier this month and painted a woman lying in a forest clutching arrows protruding from her stomach. Following pressure from the council, Bezt replaced the arrows with a fantail.
    Read more

    Before and after the repaint this is a lack-lustre piece of street art. Looks like we’re at bottom of the barrel with street artists from overseas.

    Support leading New Zealand street artists.

  8. @Elizabeth
    May 27, 2015 at 11:02 am
    ### ODT Online Wed, 27 May 2015
    Mural altered after complaints made
    By Shawn McAvinue
    …Following pressure from the council, Bezt replaced the arrows with a fantail.

    ‘Before and after the repaint this is a lack-lustre piece of street art. Looks like we’re at bottom of the barrel with street artists from overseas.
    Support leading New Zealand street artists.’

    Elizabeth – Artworks, bureaucrats and politicians are bad bedfellows. Shit always happens. Just look at this:

    ‘Artists had creative freedom when designing a mural but the design needed consent before the painting began, he said.
    The original consent was for a mural of a man waiting in a bar and holding a bottle.
    However, when Bezt arrived in Dunedin and saw the wall, he decided on a redesign and started painting.
    At the time the council was checking a new consent application, Bezt completed the mural with the arrows and the council received two complaints.
    The complainants’ details or their reasons were not recorded, but Dr Hazelton heard a complaint had been made because the image of somebody dead or dying was offensive to Ngai Tahu.
    The council deemed the mural “inappropriate” and convinced Bezt to change it.
    But from a social media post by Bezt, it seems he stands by his original design.’

    Just look at the long chain of bureaucracy, political interference and artistic chutzpah. Let’s not even think of the cost! This is always a recipe for disaster. Anyway, for the record I liked the look of the backs of the freakin’ buildings as they were. At least they were honest! All the rest is crap.

    And – A fantail for Christ’s sake!

    • Elizabeth

      Douglas, I’m with you on leaving the backs of buildings as they are – for townscape heritage reasons and yes, honesty reasons. Also out of respect to original commissioning building owners, constructors and architects, and the early chains of businesses who strove through great hardship to make Dunedin work industrially as a colonial city. Our darling ‘DCC policy planner – heritage’ officer knows nothing about streetscape aesthetics, conservation of cultural heritage landscape – it shows and shows again. He is in charge of decimating the look of buildings with, as I call them, vacuous tattoo examples of shit art. There are three example of murals that leap above this level which I applaud for the sites/surfaces involved. The rest is social media driven babble – not unlike the Generation Zero crap, and the SPOKES lobby for cycleways. A majority of people voting these type projects through are not Dunedin ratepayers. Just faceless funking wonders. Removing the age and patina of the town through cheap cosmetic paint effects is about as thick as it is dumb. This is not Dunedin; now we add to the calendar illustrations of international bad taste whether by sickdog Facebookers and tawdry publishing. Is that how we want to be cast – as trash – through cloud/crowd fundraising without OPEN HIGH PROFILE critical resource management debate of cumulative adverse effects ?

      • Elizabeth
        Well said on all that – ‘them’s my sentiments as well for all those reasons, and I have often made comment along those lines to others who know me and where I come from. – so
        aye aye to that.

      • Hype O'Thermia

        “Vacuous tattoo examples of shit art” – ***PERFECT*** description!!!

        There’s one I like, it’s on the side of the Playhouse and IMO it’s just right for a theatre – complicated stories/storeys, mysteries hinted at, suspension of disbelief, the magic of imagination.

  9. Elizabeth

    Kick The Can: How International Street Art Took Dunedin By Force
    By Eloise Callister-Baker

  10. Elizabeth


    Coldplay Official Published on Jun 28, 2011
    Coldplay – Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
    Music: “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” by Coldplay (Google Play • iTunes)

    Wikipedia: Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall
    The video was released to the public on 28 June 2011. It shows the band playing across various backdrops sprayed with colourful graffiti painted by the band’s artist “Paris”. The video was shot between 14 and 15 June 2011 at Millennium Mills in east London, close to London City Airport, but begins with a shot of the Downtown Los Angeles skyline. The music video, which features the band, uses a stop motion technique and was directed by Mat Whitecross, who has worked with the band since 1999 and was responsible for the videos for “Lovers in Japan” and “Christmas Lights”, among others. The video was edited by Nick Allix of The Whitehouse POst based in London Soho.

  11. Oh yes Elizabeth – brilliant production by Coldplay – all facets!

  12. Elizabeth

    In the first of a three-part series, Otago Daily Times photographer GERARD O’BRIEN captures Dunedin’s stunning street art.

    ### ODT Online Thu, 31 Dec 2015
    These walls can talk
    Dunedin’s artistic bent has been emblazoned at large on its buildings’ walls over the past two years, with artists from around the world contributing to the city’s murals. And more would be coming in the first quarter of 2016 when some New Zealand and international street artists descended on Dunedin to add more colour to the city’s walls, a Dunedin Street Art spokesman said yesterday.
    Read more + Images

    Don’t paint 1860s raw brick walls in 2016.

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Yes, “Don’t paint 1860s raw brick walls in 2016.” It’s supercool and groovy at first, then it gets tired, then it gets scabby and flaked, then it’s an omigod what were they thinking of reminder of a past fashion like those wedding photos with Jesus-haired dudes in platform soles, bellbottoms, and paisley shirts.
      You know the ones I mean.

  13. Elizabeth

    ### newshub Mon 25 Apr 2016 6:24 p.m.
    Dunedin a destination for world-class street art
    By Dave Goosselink
    Dunedin has long been known for its musical talents, and now it’s making a name as a street art destination. A growing list of top urban artists has left its mark on the walls of the city, and building owners are welcoming the splash of colour. It all began with one mural — a giant Tuatara painted on the side of a coffee shop by visiting Belgian graffiti artist ROA two years ago. “We captured the hearts and imagination of the city, and it’s grown like topsy since then,” says Scott Muir of the Dunedin Street Art Project. More than 30 pieces of street art now dot the central city, featuring the work of both local artists and some big international names. […] A walking trail has been printed up to encourage people to explore the city on foot. It’s a project that’s inspiring local artists and disaffected youth.
    Read more + Video

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