Sunday, 28 August 2016

Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans- Napier, Part 2


Continuing on from Part 1

I needed a wee (literally) break from shooting the murals so parked up on the Parade and headed...

...along to see Mum at the Sunday Market. Mum has a long history with crafts and markets. She was a potter (and a very good one) right through my childhood and teenage years, supplying shops nationwide. We, that's Mum, my sister and I, were once regulars manning her pottery stalls at A&P Shows, craft markets, street markets and anything else that came along.

Mum has long given up pottery and many of the markets, she now sells pre-loved clothing at the Napier Market, and she loves it.  Yes, she sells a few items and makes a little pocket money, but that's not as important as the fun and friends she has at the market. Mum is a people's person and she loves the personal contact and enjoys the weekly banter with stall holders and customers alike. I can tell you she has way more energy (and patience) than me, that's for sure. Do say hi to her if you're visiting the Sunday Market.

I sat in on her stall for awhile so she could grab a coffee and say hello to 101 other stall holders, and then I helped her pack up before I headed off down Marine Parade to the National Aquarium of New Zealand...

....where, as expected, over half of the building was covered in stunning murals. All in shadow. Oh well Shellie, make the best of it.

National Aquarium, Marine Parade- Marine Protected Areas- Interrelationship Between Species & Habits- there's a few!

Aren't they just amazing? But wait, there's more. All the storm grates around the building have paintings on them too.

After the aquarium I headed back into the city to tackle the remainder of the murals.

Council Building, Hastings Street- Climate Change/Ocean Acidification

Nearly my most favourite mural (except for the mottled look)- Station Street, Napier CBD- Plastic Pollution

The penguins touched a soft spot in Dickens Street, Napier CBD- NZ Endangered Sea Birds

And this was my favourite I decided; I love the colour and the way the artist has incorporated Napier's Art Deco theme into the painting. 

Look at the way the ladies morph into birds...or maybe the birds become ladies, and the touch of naughty nakedness too.

Dickens Street, Napier CBD- Plastic Pollution- Cigarette Butts in Coastal Marine Environments (although I can't see any relation to cigarette butts here, only beautiful seahorses, I'm thinking this artist just loves colour and painting!)

And down the same alleyway, a slight detour from the theme, older paintings on the wall alongside the Police Station.

Then it's a final drive to the other side of the city, just as the sun is dropping behind the hill. It's been a long day.

Cathedral Lane Carpark, Napier CBD- Coastal Development/Level Sea Rise/Lonely Whale, a painting in 3D. What you can't see is a professional photographer, model and minder in the left hand corner doing a photo shoot...

...although I could have captured him in a more flattering position, while he wasn't looking. I think he's moving the stones the model is standing on. 

And on an opposite wall the 'cigarette butt' lady has another mural. I told you she must love painting although I can see cigarette butts in this painting. Plastic Pollution- Cigarette Butts in Coastal Marine Environments

In the same carpark- Overfishing (and another half shadow)

We use over 1 million plastic bags per minute worldwide- tag line
The final one in Herschell Street, Napier- Plastic Pollution Affecting Sea Turtles

And that was the Napier's Sea Walls project; all 31 'Murals for Oceans'. What a fantastic collection of amazing artworks by some very talented artists. Click on the link if you want to know more about the PangeaSeed Foundation, the organisation behind the worldwide 'Sea Walls' movement.


  1. Pretty stunning murals, will track these down by bike next I'm in Napier....will even try and track down.....Ehem...or chat up Mum.

    1. You'll enjoy checking them out Jimu.....and Mum too. :)

  2. Oh they are stunning, so make me want to go and have a look. Guess Napier is going to be included in our next trip to the North Island, thanks so much for sharing.

    1. Napier should be on your 'must visit' list anyway Supergran, there's so much to do in sunny Hawkes Bay and now you can add the murals to the list too.


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