“Art is an evolutionary act. The shape of art and its role in society is constantly changing. At no point is art static. There are no rules.”
Raymond Salvatore Harmon, BOMB: A Manifesto of Art Terrorism
In a city which proudly boasts New Zealand’s first public Art Gallery and first Art Society, we are embracing our evolution. We sent ripples out into the international art world when we lured Belgium artist ROA to Dunedin to paint his unique tuatara in Bath St. The ripples widened when the UK’s Phlegm created a mythical creature with Kakapo-like features in an alley opposite Rialto and embraced Vogel Street’s watery history with his work showing a fish swallowing boats (including sailing ships and a waka). The stage was set: locals demanded more and street artists started to request invitations!
The potential for a unique, world-class street art trail in the Warehouse Precinct was revealing itself to both Dunedin Street Art fans and those keen on promoting and preserving our heritage buildings and areas such as the Warehouse Precinct. A group of enthusiastic volunteers has gathered together with the vision of inviting an exciting combination of world famous artists at the top of their game and local artists keen to develop their skills in the public spotlight.
The street art trail will define the essence of the Warehouse Precinct: creativity and diversity; showcasing Dunedin’s connections with the world; yesterday and today; and heritage-led regeneration. The works will be thought provoking and tie into the history, the future, the buildings, and the ecology of the warehouse precinct and Dunedin.
Locals will feel proud of the area. The Warehouse Precinct and adjoining areas will become a desirable location to work and visit. The art will attract people to visit Dunedin and help them to really understand us as a city and as a people.