Paradox artists to transform Tauranga

British-born artist Lucy McLauchlan will be the first of six world class street artists creating giants mural especially for the Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival from March 28 to June 15. Photo: Ian Cox

Buildings across the city will be brought to life with giant artworks created by six of the world's best street artists especially for the inaugural Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival.

Artists Askew One, Fintan Magee, Lucy McLauchlan, Sofles, Charles and Janine Williams, and Jacob Yikes will each create a unique mural at six different locations from March 23-31.

Art lovers and the curious alike are also invited to participate throughout the work-in-progress phase, and watch the artists painting the different walls located in the city centre.

The first to take to the walls will be British-born artist Lucy McLauchlan who'll transform the wall at Brooklyn Bar & Grill into one of her monochromatic pieces of street art, says a Tauranga City Council spokesperson.

“Her large-scale paintings are at home within galleries and museums just as they are covering multi-story building across Europe, gigantic billboards in China, huts of The Gambia, Italian water towers, a Norwegian lighthouse, car parks of Detroit, to the depths of abandoned subway tunnels in New York.

“And now Tauranga is next. This is the first time, Lucy will be working in New Zealand and Tauranga is proud to be the first city in the country to display her work inside the Tauranga Art Gallery and outside on a city wall.”

While the remaining artists will be creating murals at the following locations:

  •   •  Charles & Janine Williams – 24 Dive Crescent

  •   •  Lucy McLauchlan – Brooklyn Bar & Grill, The Strand

  •   •  Askew One – Masonic Park at the back of the Tauranga Art Gallery

  •   •  Yikes – Spring Street parking building

  •   •  Fintan Magee – Grey Street service lane

  •   •  Sofles – Rear of building at 176 Cameron Road (view from Durham Street)

“A walk around all six locations takes about 30 to 45 minutes allowing some time for photo stops. Please be careful when viewing the work in progress from the road.”

The remaining artists will start their works in the week of March 23 and be finished by March 31, weather depending.

Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival is being developed by Tauranga City Council in partnership with Oi YOU! and Tauranga Art Gallery and will run from March 28 through to June 15.

For more information visit www.taurangastreetartfestival.nz

PARADOX MURAL LOCATIONS – BEFORE:

Dive Crescent

Brooklyn Bar & Grill

Masonic Park

Spring Street parking building

Grey Street service lane

Cameron Road




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