STREET CRED

ARE YOU AF­TER IN­STA BACK­DROPS? DUNEDIN’S GOT A LIFE­TIME SUP­PLY

Warwick Daily News - - Weekend -

If only these walls could talk. It’s a com­mon flight of fancy for vis­i­tors who run a hand down care-worn brick in a con­verted cafe or pad down the timestalled halls of Olve­ston man­sion.

The city’s street-art-splashed walls hold a more mod­ern con­ver­sa­tion and, with Vic­to­ria Gil­liand to act as trans­la­tor, you won’t have to imag­ine what they’re whis­per­ing. Vic­to­ria — or Street Kiwi to her In­sta­gram fol­low­ers — con­ducts walk­ing tours of Dunedin’s world-class open-air gallery, an ev­ere­volv­ing, in­ter­na­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tion hid­ing in plain sight.

Our first stop has been in the spot­light af­ter Dunedin City Coun­cil splashed out $8000 to put Ed Sheeren’s like­ness on a Bath St Wall. With the Brit pop star play­ing Forsyth Barr Sta­dium this week­end, the rain­bow ren­der­ing is sure to be swamped in selfie seek­ers.

Bel­gium artist ROA’s aerosol trib­ute to a gi­ant na­tive tu­atara is curled around a nearby win­dow, claws clutch­ing at a cloud­less sky. My favourite pieces are in­tri­cate fan­tasies from British artist Ph­legm, his sig­na­ture sloth-like crea­tures perched on NZ’s ex­tinct Moa bird. We crane our necks to see Aus­tralian street artist Fin­tan Magee’s largest work to date — three lo­cal chil­dren ren­dered on a scale of storeys.

Tours, which de­part the i-site Vis­i­tors Cen­tre at 10.30am, are $30. Kids aged 15 or un­der free. Al­ter­na­tively, pick up a map at the cen­tre for a self-guided walk.

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