Artwork reflects Auckland city
Working without pictures is something that put comic book artist Ant Sang well out of his comfort zone.
But you wouldn’t know it looking at his mural on New North Rd.
Well-known for his work on New Zealand’s hit animated television series Bro’ Town, Sang’s unique artistic outlook was recruited for Auckland’s POP temporary art project.
Keen to make his mark on the city, Sang took to the streets to get the creative juices flowing. ‘‘I went to the area and spent about 30 minutes just looking around to get inspired,’’ he says.
‘‘Hopefully it’s not too cryptic. It’s about a woman that disappeared from around the area a few years ago.’’
The mural refers to Auckland hairdresser Marie Jamieson who was last seen outside a Kingsland service station on February 10, 2001.
‘‘I was in the area meeting up with some people around the time that it happened and it just stuck in my mind,’’ he says.
While the poetry wall does reference a very sad event in the area’s past, Sang says the artwork is not intended to be depressing.
‘‘It’s just thinking about things that have happened there in the past and remembering them.’’
Sang decided to incorporate a wide variety of aspects into his poetry wall from what he saw, heard and felt while sitting in the area.
From graffiti to street lights, cars to people, everything created a unique setting for the artist.
‘‘Generally with my work I have an image of what I’m going to work on, maybe an idea or a concept, something of interest.’’
Since Sang’s dabble in animation the artist has become more interested in film and television as a medium for his work.
‘‘[ Bro’ Town] was great. It was five years of working with a really fun and talented team,’’ he says.
‘‘I’m currently working on a short film. It’s about the origin of wushu kung fu, how the style developed. It’s a nice kind of story.’’
Excited to see what other artists did with their walls, Sang feels the temporary art project is a great way for Aucklanders to get more in touch with their surroundings.
‘‘It’s a good way for people to see what’s really going on when they go about their every day lives.’’
Comic book artist and designer Ant Sang with his POP poetry wall on New North Rd.