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Ōtautahi mural, Christchurch., Bernard Spragg Photo

Ōtautahi mural, Christchurch., Bernard Spragg Photo



A template, a pencil and a ruler, along with a few litres of house paint, some rollers and a brush. ..That, and a bucket load of artistic talent, is all it took for an enormous white wall – the ultimate blank canvas – in Christchurch's Salt District to be transformed into a mind-bending mural, the old-fashioned way...Artist George Shaw said he and Shannon Webster settled on the three-dimensional illusion reading Ōtautahi to work around the awkward shape of the Evolution Square building on Tuam St.."Stuff"

Street art has evolved from the early forms of defiant graffiti into a more commercial form of art, as one of the main differences now lies with the messaging. Street art is often meant to provoke thought rather than rejection among the general audience through making its purpose more evident than that of graffiti. The issue of permission has also come at the heart of street art, as graffiti is usually done illegally, whereas street art can nowadays be the product of an agreement or even sometimes a commission. However, it remains different from traditional art exposed in public spaces by its explicit use of said space in the conception phase.





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