The ubiquitous shipping containers around Christchurch have been multi-purpose beasts, from storage to shops, and serving as protective shields they have been the city’s blu-tack in terms of varied use. Their appearance is also suggestive of a network of stationery train carriages parked around the city, devoid of the flashing transience, but still providing a number of surfaces prime for decoration. They have been adorned in a number of ways, often painted or covered as part of commissioned projects to alter their steely facades. But due to their pervasive nature they have also been adopted as canvasses by the uninvited, their surfaces covered in quickly produced names, faces, characters and messages…
Deus characters on High Street
As visual platforms disseminating information, selling business and enforcing rules, signs are a perfect object for alteration…
Top, Left to Right: APEK, Band Aid Bandits, DFUSE, Drypnz
A couple of Power characters in the central city:
Top: Gloucester Street,
Bottom: Lichfield Street
(From the sky down) Kill rooftop throw up, Pre-Quake Verb outline and two Power roadsigns. Taken on Armagh Street looking towards Manchester.
A few more stickers from around the central city – Kodama …. was here!, Opium, APK (Apek), and FADE
Smeagol characters decorate some steps on Welles Street.
A couple of YIKES’ paintings from the Manchester Street corner…
These stickers were found near the SLK and FREAK collaboration on the corner of Manchester and Welles Streets
Here’s some new stuff i found on the corner of Welles Street and Manchester Street by Devos, Drows, MK Ultra and Freak
Devos and MK Ultra
Devos, Smeagol and Freak
Devos and MK Ultra
Dfyre by Drows
Don’t get me wrong, the Christchurch Art Gallery’s Populate programme is great and there are some cool works and additions to the cityscape, but it is interesting that the city has been populated with many characters by graffiti and street artists (as well as those who proabably consider themselves neither of the above) for a long time…
I have been attributing all of these three-eyed character stickers as GHOSTIE stickers, but that is largely based on assumption, anyone have any thoughts?
The vampire greaser was found on Victoria St, while the rabbit monster located in the central city…
Not every thing has to be dazzling colours and sharp technique – sometimes a simple pen drawing can be funny or strange, they may lack style, but they still form a part of the visual landscape…
These rotund characters sit happily in a doorway in New Brighton, I see they are signed AB?