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Call to spruce up wall

JESS LEE
Last updated 05:00 14/02/2014
Lyn Barnes
Jess Lee
BRIGHT SIDE: Eden Terrace resident Lyn Barnes wants to see the grey wall on the corner of Bright St transformed with street art.

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Their battleship-grey backdrop has always been more of a miss than hit.

And so Eden Terrace residents are hoping to spruce up a wall in their little corner of Auckland with something brighter.

Lyn Barnes wants to see the unsightly flyover wall on the corner of Bright St and Aitken Tce transformed by street art, with the support of neighbours and help from the Albert-Eden Local Board.

"All it needs is a bit of a lift because it's a little gem of an area," she says.

"It's the perfect canvas."

The Albert-Eden Local Board provided a $2000 Small Local Improvement Projects (SLIPs) grant to the project last year to support its development and initial designs.

Ms Barnes has narrowed the options down to four concepts by different artists and is asking people to vote on which one they like.

She hopes a lick of paint will also help keep taggers at bay.

"There hasn't been a lot of graffiti recently," she says, "but when it does happen it's horrible."

Grey Lynn artist Elliot Francis Stewart, aka Lil Elz, has drawn up a design immortalising the original villas which stood along Dominion Rd before they were torn down to make way for the flyover.

The other designs include work by street artist Mikaere Gardiner, aka Eno, which uses Eden Terrace's "half-houses" and villas as the bones of the extinct huia bird.

Wellington-based artist Sean Duffell, aka Ghstie, has come up with a design using native birds and fauna with taniwha to ward off evil spirits.

Bright St artist Kate Millington has used kowhai flowers and butterflies in her concept to reflect the community garden opposite the wall.

Albert-Eden Local Board member Helga Arlington thinks painting the wall is a great idea.

"This enormous blank wall is just crying out for something interesting."

Auckland Council is assisting the project by looking into what permissions are required and finding out who the owner of the wall is, a council spokesperson says.

"The project will still need to source additional funds and permissions to proceed." To vote for your favourite design for the wall, email thewallonthebrightside@ gmail.com before the end of March.

Search The Wall on the Bright Side on Facebook for more details.

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