Long time readers of this blog know that my love affair with Street Art started in Hawaii where the crew of Amandla were anchored during the 2013-2014 cyclone season.
I discovered Street Art in Oahu about two weeks after the Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2014 festival concluded. I missed the festival but was hooked on the art form. It seemed that where ever I looked, I saw it.
When we sailed to Tahiti in July of 2014, I came upon the works of several local and international artists, including those created as part of the ONO’U 2014 festival…..which ended two months before my arrival.
Again, I had missed the festival, but still enjoyed photographing the murals that remained.
When we sailed to New Zealand in November to sit out the 2014-2015 cyclone season, I enjoyed finding Street Art everywhere I traveled, always missing the festivals and gatherings, sometimes by just a few weeks.
That is until All Fresco 2015.
I was returning from an appointment along Symonds Road on Friday when I spotted two murals in progress. I parked the car near K-Road on Queen Street, and then headed along Upper Queen to check them out.
When I arrived, I was greeted by a lovely volunteer (and artist) handing out walking maps for the All Fresco 2015 festival. I took one, and learned that I was watching Berst_1 and Owen Dippie create murals right before my eyes. My ‘inner groupie’ was bursting with joy!
For the first time, I was going to enjoy a Street Art festival as it was happening.
I had read about the festival when we arrived in New Zealand, but thought we would be sailing northward by the time it started, so I put it out of my mind. But circumstances had kept us unexpectedly in Auckland and so I was able to attend the festival.
It was wonderful to enter the colorful world of these incredibly talented and welcoming artists, many of whose works I’d adored in other locations during my travels. All Fresco 2015 drew art appreciators of all ages and felt like both a community and pan-Pacific event all at the same time.
I consider my All Fresco 2015 experience to be one of the highlights of my round-the-world sailing journey. Having direct access to renowned artists and watching them give birth to masterful works was priceless, yet the entry was free. Can’t beat that!
If you are living in or traveling to New Zealand, you’ll want to walk the festival route and check out all the Street Art from 2015 and previous years.
If you are traveling virtually, you can enjoy final works from this and previous years in my New Zealand Street Art Gallery.
So excited to share this with Jo and all of her friends at Jo’s Monday Walks