Ga-ga-ghost pirate! A stencil in the unlikely location of Rawhiti Domain in New Brighton
Drows’ piece painted around an existing image (and the drippy background) by Tess Sheerin for Keep It Zen Records
Stencil in Cathedral Square
Riot and Muz Flamingo stickers in Sydenham
It’s easy to think of everything in Christchurch as post-quake, as the city being a blank slate, but in fact the layers of the past have been revealed throughout the city, and while there is a lot of writing and art that has never necessarily been covered up, it has been lost behind cordons or overshadowed by the surrounding sights, in fact the lighter footprints of these works and messages and interventions can be seen as both a reminder of the past as well as re-contextualised by the new setting…
Who said the central city is so quiet these days?
Stencil by unknown artist, Armagh Street
Stencils by Whale channel Rene Margritte and Alfred E. Neumann, South City Centre Car Park
The advantage of a recycling bin is its portability, I have spotted this one in various places around the central city…
So I don’t really know what is going on here, the Occupy/Guy Fawkes mask with Banksy’s stencil signature (or is it Bunksy or Bonksy?) – is it a comment on the British artist? Is it a play on the city’s current interest in ‘street art’? Is there something more to the juxtaposition? Or is it just biting?
Any city has plenty of signs directing citizens, and attempting to enforce order and control. It’s little wonder they are popular for slaps, tags and messages, and of course they often have a big blank side that is crying our for attention…
From top left: APEK and TEPID, APEK, HYRO, Unknown, DFUSE, KARS
Its all business in Cathedral Square… (Unknown artist)
It’s hard to feel alone when there are so many characters around. Faces have been a constant presence around the city, and here a few collected over the last few months…
Dfuse PSK CCK