HUGH WILSON

Christchurch, New Zealand – 2009

My visit to Christchurch was a whirlwind adventure with only one week to create a mural and two large exhibition pieces for the Spectrum Street Art Festival. A worthwhile and rewarding challenge for many reasons such as having the chance to celebrate an unsung hero, Hugh Wilson, in a mural within the city centerl. Hugh Wilson is a conservationist and botanist whose work was essential in preserving much of the wildlife in New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula. Although he is very important to the community, his contribution has gone largely unrecognized, so I was very pleased to play this small part in honoring such a deserving activist.

It was an honor to be selected as one of the headlining artists at the Spectrum Street Art Festival in Christchurch, New Zealand, a city devastated by a series of terrible earthquakes between 2010 and 2012. To be a part of a project that brings new life and beauty to this city is a privilege and I hope to develop more projects there in the future. The show can be seen within the very large exhibition spaces at the YMCA building on 12 Hereford Street until the 17th of April, 2016.

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