Street Art brings color to Christchurch

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New Zealand’s Christchurch city center is blooming with vibrant color and edgy designs thanks to a new Street Art initiative.

Christchurch’s city center in New Zealand is blooming with vibrant color and edgy designs thanks to a new Street Art initiative.

Statues, paintings and sculptures have been springing up across the city, especially in  the areas left scarred by the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Since the indefinite closure of its earthquake-damaged Montreal St. headquarters, Christchurch Art Gallery has taken a new collection of 17 commissioned pieces directly to the public as Street Art flourishes in the Garden City.

Photographer Steve Taylor has captured many of the stunning works on show. This is a small selection of Steve’s collection:

Street Art has been popping up in Christchurch since 2012. Photo by Steve Taylor
Street Art has been popping up in Christchurch since 2012. Photo by Steve Taylor 
Street Art in New Brighton, Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor
Street Art in Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor
Street Art by Fisura. Photo by Steve Taylor
Street Art by Fisura, Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor 
The Land of Evolution, New Brighton Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor
The Land of Evolution, Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor
A Genie's Dream, New Brighton, Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor
A Genie’s Dream, Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor
The Making of Pinocchio by Ikarus DTR Crew. Photo by Steve Taylor
The Making of Pinocchio by Ikarus DTR Crew, Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor
Artwork on a boarded up shop in earthquake damaged Lyttelton Port. Photo by Steve Taylor
Artwork on a boarded up shop in earthquake damaged Lyttelton Port. Photo by Steve Taylor 
Tā moko, Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor
Tā moko, Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor 
Street art by Dcypher. Photo by Steve Taylor
Street art by Dcypher. Photo by Steve Taylor
Fairies in Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor
Fairies in Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor 
Artists are believed to be Cinzah Seekayem (Cinzah Merkens and Karl Sheridan). Photo by Steve Taylor
Artists are believed to be Cinzah Seekayem (Cinzah Merkens and Karl Sheridan). Photo by Steve Taylor

Main image: A mural by Jacob Yikes in Christchurch. Photo by Steve Taylor.

Street Art brings color to Christchurch was last modified: June 26th, 2019 by Kara Segedin
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