Street Art Dunedin-Style

Dunedin doesn’t pretend to be London or New York. You won’t find much in the way of politically satirical street art in the style of Banksy or Obey. But, we do have some fabulously decorated bus shelters which add a unique element to many of Dunedin’s suburbs. Over a period of 15 years, Broad Bay artist John Noakes (who sadly died in 2006) painted murals on 65 bus shelters around Dunedin. Since then, Dunedin artists Daniel Mead and Jemima Pedro have taken up the mantle, painting murals in their own style as well as restoring originals by John Noakes. Thanks DCC for funding this special feature of our city.

Here’s a small selection of them.

Wakari

Wakari

Company Bay (portrait of John Noakes by Daniel Mead)

Company Bay (portrait of John Noakes by Daniel Mead)

Company Bay

Company Bay

Vauxhall

Vauxhall

Portobello Road

Portobello Road

Burkes

Burkes

Burkes

Ravensbourne

Ravensbourne

St Leonards

St Leonards

Maia

Maia

 

Dunedin street art isn’t restricted to bus shelters. Here’s a few more examples.

 

Near Sawyers Bay (by Ange Spears)

Near Sawyers Bay (by Ange Spears)

Near Sawyers Bay

Ravensbourne Road (near Forsyth Barr Stadium)

Ravensbourne Road (near Forsyth Barr Stadium)

George Street (featuring Maxwell Bury, architect of the Otago University Clock Tower Complex)

George Street (featuring Maxwell Bury, architect of the University of Otago Clock Tower Complex)

Heriot Row and Hanover Street

Heriot Row and Hanover Street

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8 thoughts on “Street Art Dunedin-Style

  1. Anthea says:

    Aw what an awesome idea! I always thought it would be cool to collect photos of these little bus stops!

  2. Margot love says:

    I am pleased to see a photo of the Burkes bus shelter as sadly some one has painted over the yachts in the last two days

    Regional council vandalism

  3. Danielle says:

    These bus shelters were a surprise highlight of my trip to the Otago peninsula in February. The tribute shelter is fabulous. Has nobody published a book of these?

    • nomdrocks says:

      Thanks for your comment. One of the bus shelters we photographed has already been painted over so someone should really produce a book before they disappear. We are planning to do another bus shelter/street art blog post very soon.

  4. Film Horor says:

    Hello, I read your blog like every week. Your story-telling style is awesome, keep up the good work!

  5. […] June, we paid tribute to the art of John Noakes who pioneered the painting of Dunedin’s bus shelters. Since then, some fabulous street art has […]

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