BOON street art gives Hamil­ton a love story

Hamilton News - - Front Page - Ho­ri­ana Hen­der­son WINTEC jour­nal­ism stu­dent

True to their word, BOON 2018 artists Charles and Ja­nine Wil­liams re­turned over the Easter break to com­plete their grand de­sign on Skycity Hamil­ton’s Vic­to­ria on the River wall.

A Love Story is Hamil­ton’s largest mu­ral and is the cou­ple’s retelling of a lo­cal Ma¯ ori leg­end.

“With our mu­rals we al­ways find a lo­cal nar­ra­tive or an iwi con­nec­tion to a story,” Ja­nine said.

The pub­lic piece tells the story of a ka¯ rearea (New Zealand fal­con) that car­ried high-born twins Reipae and Reitu from Waikato to Whanga¯ rei for mar­riage.

Par­ents of four, the Wil­liams’ graf­fiti worlds com­bined 16 years ago and they have been im­print­ing ur­ban con­tem­po­rary spaces to­gether ever since. VOTR’S 35mwide by 19m-high wall took longer than could be man­aged on the BOON March 8 to 11 week­end, and the pair have re­turned to com­plete their de­sign.

Charles de­tailed the vast­winged ka¯ rearea and Ja­nine tack­led the sa­cred Taupiri maunga in white, the Waikato River in blue and the niho tani­wha com­mu­nity de­sign in black.

Ja­nine said that BOON con­nects the city to the larger street mu­ral arts fes­ti­val scene oc­cur­ring in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“It’s nice that Hamil­ton’s in­cluded in that now,” she said.

BOON co-founder Char­lotte Isaac re­turned from Taupo¯ ’s Graf­fi­ato street art fes­ti­val and wanted the same walls-meet-lo­cal­cre­ativ­ity scene for her city.

Into its third year BOON now boasts 30 walls. Isaac said wall own­ers are re­port­ing selfie and me­dia gains from the land­mark fea­tures.

“We ab­so­lutely love it and we just think that Hamil­ton de­serves it. That’s why we do it, be­cause we love Hamil­ton and we just want it to be the best it can be,” she said.

Isaac joined with art lovers and com­mu­nity-minded peo­ple to take the art live.

“Pub­lic spaces that are filled with art that peo­ple then talk about and in­ter­act with — we just think that’s es­sen­tial for a city so we’re just go­ing about mak­ing that hap­pen,” she said.

Lo­cal artist Paul Bradley, aka Paul Be, co-founded BOON with Isaac in re­sponse to dire cir­cum­stances.

“When we started it felt like the city was dy­ing,” Bradley said. For him BOON is about mak­ing Hamil­ton a cre­ative place where peo­ple want to be and to give the city life.

The 10 BOON 2018 artists in­vited to in­vig­o­rate the city ranged from third-year Wintec stu­dent Liam Bour­ton to in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artists Hay­ley King aka Flox and the A Love Story cre­ators.

BOON or­gan­is­ers Bradley and Wintec tu­tor Tim Croucher ac­knowl­edged the “mon­ster ef­fort” the artists con­trib­ute to the event.

“It’s not a fes­ti­val with­out them.

“They’re right at the core of it and it is amaz­ing what they do,” Paul said.

Photo / Ho­ri­ana Hen­der­son

Charles and Ja­nine Wil­liams mu­ral soars above Hamil­ton’s Vic­to­ria on the River.

Photo / Ho­ri­ana Hen­der­son

Ur­ban con­tem­po­rary artists Charles and Ja­nine Wil­liams at Hamil­ton’s BOON 2018 street art fes­ti­val.

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