Beats and brushes
An alleyway, connecting two main streets, is going from dingy and dark to vibrant and light.
Berrymans Lane, providing service access between Broadway Ave and Main St, is so well-used the city council thought it needed a spruce-up to make it safer.
On Saturday, seven artists were let loose with an array of colours and designs, each bringing their own flair to the lane during a day called Beats, Bites and Brushes. An eighth artist, Wellington based Simon Ormerod painted his design on Friday.
Coming from Wellington, Palmerston North, Ashhurst and Whanganui, all the artists have some connection to the city.
Ormerod, responsible for the vibrant mistachioed mural, was born here.
Jordan Debney, who grew up in Palmerston North, but now lives in Wellington, said the opportunity was too good to pass.
Debney’s design is a geometric butterfly, which represents evolving and growing.
He hoped his psychedeliccoloured design would give people something to appreciate when walking down the alleyway.
‘‘When I first turned up this morning there were a lot of people aimlessly walking up and down. It was a bit eerie.
‘‘I’m hoping the artwork will lift that eeriness.’’
Debney mainly designs prints for clothing brand ALC Apparel, but occasionally does street art.
Ashhurst’s Carl Roberts transformed his blank canvas into a frog that represents one of his New Zealand idols, musician Bullfrog Rata.
His aim was to encourage a positive attitude when out experiencing the city’s nightlife.
Roberts is studying to be a primary school teacher, but works on street art as a hobby.
The artists were approached by city council planner Keegan Aplin-Thane after officials noticed that many people relied on the alleyway to get to Broadway Ave eateries.
‘‘We are hoping people will feel more comfortable.’’
The artists used spray cans, stencils, brushes and rollers to complete the works. Lighting is to be installed by the end of the year.
Aplin-Thane drew inspiration from alleyways in Wellington that have undergone similar improvements.
DJ Dirty Hairy, also known as Matt Davies, provided the beats and the Evil Stepson food truck, which specialises in hangi food, served up the ‘‘bites’’.
Eight artists help bring colour to Berrymans Lane.