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New Street Art In The Heart of New Plymouth

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New Street Art In The Heart of New Plymouth

The deep sea diver decorating the front of Escape coffee, the Tūī adorning the Egmont Street building and the art deco dancer on the side of TSB Showplace are just a few of New Plymouth’s best known pieces of street art.

And there’s a new addition on Currie Lane bringing even more visual vibrancy to our CBD.

‘Flash Hieroglyphics’ is a piece by local artist Andrew J. Steel, who has produced some of the largest scale street artwork projects in New Zealand, and was commissioned by the New Zealand Tattoo Festival with funding from NPDC’s CBD Revitalisation budget.

Brent Taylor, Organiser of New Zealand’s Tattoo and Art Festival:

“It’s Andrew’s largest scale hieroglyphic work to date, with storytelling references inspired from flash tattoo, woven into the buildings architecture. New Plymouth has a vibrant and growing arts scene and we’re delighted to have been able to use the funding from NPDC to bring character to this building and a smile to locals. Hopefully we can continue to curate street art in the CBD with the goal of having enough pieces art to create a street art tour."

Callum Williamson, NPDC’s Community Partnership Lead adds “There’s no shortage of creative ideas or artistic talent in New Plymouth and it’s great to be able to see some of these ideas come to life.”

NPDC manages a number of grants which groups and individuals can apply for, with a focus on planning for the future and responding to the changing needs of the community.

You can find out more here


Photo credit: Matt Queree