View Destination KRL through an inspired artistic lens and experience a striking splash of colour. Go for a walk and join the mural movement.
DROP, the latest mural commissioned by Destination KRL can be seen on the CARTERS Building Supplies wall on Cobham Drive at the northern end of Wellington International Airport. This colourful mural was designed by Ruth
Robertson-Taylor from Gorse Street Art, painted with the help of Margaret Tolland and inspired by the music of Lyall Bay band Fat Freddy's Drop.
Designed by Weta Workshop artist Ken Samonte, this quirky mural is on the side of Pak'nSave Kilbirnie on Onepu Road. Dean Galt, owner-operator of Pak’nSave Kilbirnie, who gained permission from his landlord to put the mural on the wall, is a huge fan of Peter Jackson and what Weta Workshop have done for the Eastern Suburbs so he was pleased to hear that Weta Workshop were keen to submit some designs. Artist Ken Samonte, explains that one of the main inspirations behind the artwork was clouds: “Specifically, how many of us look up at clouds to find shapes that resemble familiar objects and creatures. I googled ‘seeing things in clouds’, and apparently the phenomenon is called ‘pareidolia’. The aim was to have an eclectic bunch of stuff to make it a fun picture to explore. When choosing which creatures and objects to include, some of them make sense in the picture’s overall context (like the birds or Stickman), others not so much. For the odd ones out, I chose whatever felt right at the time, be it amusing or magical. I want people to get more out of the image each time they see it, finding something new each time. I wanted to spread some joy and let people have fun on their way to work or school,” This mural was commissioned by Destination KRL.
'Te Taiao' by artist Miriama Grace-Smith is located on Tacy street and depicts the birds and marine life that inhabit the Wellington coastline and sea. This maximus mural can be found on the wall facing the EBIS netball courts.
The two geometric murals by artist David H. Brown 'Cause and Effect' wrapping around the Wellington Electricity building and above The Bottle-O were inspired by the seismic history of the local terrain and how influential this now is to the settlement of Kilbirnie. Both 'Te Taiao' and 'Cause and Effect' were commissioned by Destination KRL.
Along Bay Road there are five framed murals by Timon Maxey on the Countdown wall; these depict different scenes from the surrounding area.
On Coutts Street, near the Dairy there are two beautiful, hidden murals, 'Memories of the tramway' and 'Memories of the Rongotai Speedway' by artist Sheyne Tuffery.
At Mahora Street Dwell Housing Trust has created this colourful mural to complement its beautiful community housing project.
When you next pop in for a coffee at Centennial on Kingsford Smith Street look round the corner to see this beautiful stamp mural by The Only when it’s Flat Mural Company.
This fascinating wrap-around mural on the corner of Salek and Coutts Street was completed in 2006 by Ellen Coup.
Thanks to Resene, Wattyl New Zealand, Pak 'n Save Kilbirnie and Wellington City Council for their support and huge contributions towards these projects, and to all the businesses and landlords involved.