By Nick Molesworth, The Dominion PostThe city of Auckland has been working hard to keep its streets and sidewalks safe.
The city has hired graffiti artists, painted murals and created art installations in recent years to mark major festivals.
In New Zealand, artists can apply for a permit to paint a mural on public property, such as a city building.
The artist must have a painting, an artistic statement and a photo that is at least five metres long and that can be used in a public space.
Artists must get a permit from the city’s Arts and Culture Board.
A permit is typically issued by a municipal council or a licensed art gallery.
Artist Sam Dyer is a well-known graffiti artist in New York, but he is now moving to Auckland.
He’s painting murals on public art, including the old Wellington Post building and the Auckland waterfront.
Dyer says he is hoping to get the permit to create a mural at a new building on the waterfront.
“I think the city is looking at the mural, and we’re going to have to work together, so we can get this done.
The more work that happens on this issue, the better.”
Dyer is one of a new breed that are emerging in the New Zealand art scene.
Auckland art dealer Robyn Hildreth says she has seen a spike in demand for murals since the summer.
Hildreth said the murals she sells have gone from about 15 to 20 per cent of the total market for mural artwork in New Year’s Eve.
She said the demand was more for a “street-art” style.
Artists can sell their work to local artists and galleries for $30 to $100 per painting.
The art industry has been affected by the flooding.
Artists are selling murals at the art market, but the market is also flooded.
In the last year, there have been at least a dozen murals erected at a city centre park.
Artistic statements like the ones painted in the Wellington Post mural are considered a public service, Hildrey said.
The city also has an Art Gallery of New Zealand program that offers free public viewing hours and a free art exhibition for artists.
There are no limits on what can be painted in a mural, but artists must get permission from the Art Gallery to paint in public spaces.
The Auckland City Council has launched an initiative called “Paint Your Walls” to promote murals, with a mural artist named “Mr Paint” painted in front of the city hall.
He says he’s excited to see murals going up in New Years Eve, but wants to make sure they are safe.
“You want to make them as safe as possible,” he said.
“If we paint them in a dangerous situation, we are going to get people hurt.
We’re all in it together, and you just want to do it in a safe way.”
Auckland artist Sam Dyers mural at the Wellington post, painted by Robyn Hanneke, is expected to go up on the Wellington waterfront.
The council is also encouraging artists to get a paint permit from their local city council.
“You can paint on the side of the building, or you can paint inside, and there are also a number of public spaces that are allowed to do that,” Hildreys said.
She said artists should use their creativity and experience to find a location where the mural is safe.
Miles Dyer said he is looking forward to the Wellington art show in late December.
“We’ve been doing it in Wellington for five years now, and it’s going to be one of our biggest shows,” he says.
“Hopefully it’s the best we’ve ever done.”
Dyer said the artist is not going to stop painting murales.