22nd February 2019
13 April 2018
The streets of Downtown Tauaranga are alive with artwork! From interactive murals, to large scale portraits, surrealism and sculpture....our city has many colourful creations tucked away!! These are all within walking distance in the heart of Tauranga, discover some of the public artwork here....
(Right) artwork by Wongi, painted for Paradox Street Art Festival in 2017.
PARADOX - Tauranga City Council in partnership with Oi YOU! and the Tauranga Art Gallery bought Paradox Street Art Festival to Tauranga in 2017. Works by internationally acclaimed artists showed in the Tauranga Art Gallery and a series of street art turned the city into an outdoor gallery! These Paradox murals remain on the walls of our city centre...
The Wall Builder by Fintan Magee - Grey Street Service Lane
Young Atlas of the Antipodes by Seth Globepainter - Tauranga Art Gallery, Wharf Street
When They Left by Jacob Yikes - Spring Street
The popular "Wings To Fly" mural on The Strand, and the "Love Seat" mural on the wall of Broncos Sports in Masonic Park were painted by local artists Millie Newitt and Tara Fowler. Both artworks invite the public to interact with the piece, becoming part of the art. Sit in the love seat and be struck by cupid, or become the Angel by standing in the middle of the wings!
A HIDDEN GEM
You'll have to hunt to find this one (hint, it's close to The Wall Builder)
BOMB THE BINS
In 2016 a group of 7 local artists turned the rubbish bin lids on Willow Street into a canvas!
The Portrait of Ina te Papatahi (after Goldie) was painted by mural artist Owen Dippie in 2012.
Owen Dippie painted the Creation of Adam (after Michelangelo) in Elizabeth Street in 2013.
Hairy Maclary and friends have a happy home on the Tauranga Waterfront. These bronze sculptures, created by sculptor Brigitte Wuest bring joy to people every day and are a Tauranga must see!