Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is back by popular demand for its second consecutive year this year, from 19 to 26 March.
The international festival was first held in March, 2016. Not only was it a first for Napier - it was a first for New Zealand.
Thirty national and international artists took part in the global street art project. It saw 29 blank walls in the Napier CBD and Ahuriri transformed into magnificent works of art to bring the beauty and plight of the world’s oceans into the streets around the world. The murals raise issues such as overfishing, plastics and pollution, global climate change, and habitat loss.
Four walls on buildings owned by Napier City Council were transformed. They are the south side of the Civic building off Hastings Street, the seaward side wall of the National Aquarium of New Zealand on Marine Parade, the west wall of the amenity block at Pandora Pond, and the retaining wall behind Scenic Hotel Te Pania, off Byron Street.
Council contributed $30,000 to help bring the festival to Napier. The $30K primarily funded the flights to bring the artists to Napier. Numerous sponsors have contributed towards accommodation, food, paint, scaffolding and equipment. The artists provided their time and art for free.
The Festival, previously held in Los Angeles, Vietnam, Mexico and Sri Lanka, is organised by international nonprofit PangeaSeed Foundation.
To complete a self-guided tour of the 29 murals, view the map below and enjoy!
Artists involved in the festival include:
|Aaron Glasson||New Zealand|
|Charles and Janine||New Zealand|
|Christie Wright||New Zealand|
|Elliot Stewart||New Zealand|
|Frank and Mimi||New Zealand|
|Mica Still||New Zealand|
|Morag Shaw||New Zealand|
|Spencer Keeton Cunningham||USA|
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