Artistic Urban Renewal: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary in Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand is using urban spaces as canvases to provoke public opinions or promote young artists.
Traffic light signal boxes? Lamp posts? Public buses? Usually these are ordinary, neutral features of a city. However, New Zealand is taking this to a whole new level – using these urban spaces as canvases to provoke public opinions or promote young artists.
In the capital city of Wellington, Graffiti artists have ‘bombed a bus’ with vivacious spray-painting in a joint project between bus company Go Wellington and aerosol artists Cut Collective and Via Grafik. The bus provokes both smiles and frowns from commuters who reflect on the continuing debate of whether graffiti is vandalism or street art.