Live art battles pull city crowds
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.