With all the talented artists, incredible artworks, limited edition prints and blogs from other enthusiasts who have travelled the globe, it’s not difficult to take for granted how purely beautiful art is. It is easy to forget that most artists want to achieve joy and a sense of awe.
If you’ve forgotten (or even if you haven’t) how beautiful ‘art’ can be, just look at Christchurch, New Zealand. An earthquake destroyed over 70% of the city’s buildings on 22nd February 2011 and left the city’s centre closed for two years. Until recently, you could look out across Christchurch and still see an untouched February 2011 edition of the local newspaper. But beyond the abandoned skyscrapers and the scaffolding, sparkles of hope and walls of beauty are around every corner. Local and international artists have created beautiful murals and art installations throughout the city to break through the disused blocks.
Unfortunately, I was only able to spend a day in Christchurch, but I am almost certain that there are more captivating artworks across the city and suburbs. From the bottom of my heart, I’d like to thank all these incredible artists who have helped Christchurch look towards a brighter future and stand in awe.
Check out our blog on Christchurch street art festival ‘Spectrum’ here.
Photos and Blog written for GraffitiStreet by our lovely Ozzy Jess Beavon, confirmed lover of street art and will travel anywhere to find it!