New Zealand is a very artistic country. Every town and settlement in New Zealand has its history. Together, they form the story of our people, of Maori, Pakeha and other migrants.
In Katikati you can see that history everyday, not in a gallery or a museum, but by walking down the main street. The murals of Katikati are an interpretation of the town’s history.
There are many cities and towns filled with arts. For example, we have Napier, a major tourist attraction with its architecture, which draws Art Deco and architecture enthusiasts from around the world.
New Zealand has art galleries and museums, from small local collections to the impressive National Museum Te Papa Tongarewa, in Wellington.
The small town of Paeroa is located in the Thames Valley is well known for the large Lemon & Paeroa drink bottle displayed on State Highway 2. L&P as it is known, is an iconic New Zealand lemonade drink.
Miranda is the best site in New Zealand for seeing Wrybill. With nearly half of the population of the endemic Wrybill found at Miranda during part of the year, and with numbers of shorebirds often exceeding 10,000 the Miranda coastline is almost a mandatory stop for any birdwatcher passing by.
These are just a few examples of artistic New Zealand. Today’s Herald features a giant sized cluster of noodles hanging from a chopstick, an interactive projection of a Chinese ink wash landscape and little bronze cartoon-like statues are among a number of visual displays cropping up on the Auckland streetscape in recent months.
This mixture of street art, some permanent and some more short-lived, are part of a growing push to not just beautify our streetscape but to give it a sense of local and cultural identity.
Advocates for art in the public domain maintained it was more than just decoration, rather it added cultural and economic value to the city, attracting visitors and re-vitalising public spaces.
If you are looking for something natural, artistic and beautiful, New Zealand is a must on your bucket list. We have got jandals fences and colourful letter boxes too.
Who can challenge our creativity?