Art­work re­flects Auck­land city

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

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.

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