Live art bat­tles pull city crowds

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Paint has spilled at the first Se­cret Walls X Aotearoa live art bat­tle, held at a down­town bar last week.

The art bat­tle saw two ur­ban artists go head-to-head to cre­ate orig­i­nal works within 90 min­utes in front of a crowd of up to 200 at nightspot Cas­sette Nine.

Se­cret Walls or­gan- iser Till Weigl says the events are the world’s premier live art bat­tle.

‘‘Bat­tles are or­gan­ised and pro­moted through word of mouth and so­cial me­dia and take place between two in­di­vid­u­als, or two teams of artists. They are hosted in unique lo­ca­tions, in ma­jor cities around the world.

‘‘The artists in­volved range from am­a­teur up to the pro­fes­sional and fa­mous.’’

As well as pro­mot­ing ur­ban art, the events also sup­port the char­ity The Key to Life.

Av­er­age at­ten­dance at the bat­tles in Europe is 700 to 1000 peo­ple.

On Wednesday artists 159 and Paul Walsh got the ball rolling, with Mr Walsh tak­ing the spoils.

Bat­tle art: Ur­ban artists 159 and Paul Walsh in ac­tion

Go to auck­land­c­ity har­bournews.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video of a Se­cret Walls art bat­tle.

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