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Wall art for everyone

LAUREN PRIESTLEY
Last updated 05:00 28/03/2014
Cut Collective

BRIGHTEN UP: Ross Liew and Sparrow Phillips from the Cut Collective finish their latest project.

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Street artists appreciate a fine wall and Ross Liew and Sparrow Phillips are no exception.

The Cut Collective artists have just finished their latest project, a 40 metre by 11 metre piece outside New Zealand Management Academies on an industrial stretch in Sylvia Park.

"We were so excited about this one," Mr Phillips says.

"A big wall, flat surface, no pipes or drains. The canvas is really pure. It's as good as they come."

Painting a mural of this scale is a lengthy process, he says.

After designing the piece, they spent three days preparing the surface.

The design was projected on the wall at night so they could sketch it.

The artists then got out their spray cans and completed the work on Monday.

It is inspired by the multicultural student body at the school as well as three of its values - whanau, excellence and respect.

Part of being a street artist is knowing that your work won't last forever, Mr Phillips says.

"It's not just for the client, it's for everyone. It's allowing art to be art, not branding it.

"A lot of people think of art as a permanent thing.

"We're coming at it from a different perspective. We never consider it to be there forever."

The two have been working together for 10 years.

It has been a struggle to make a career out of their passion, Mr Liew says.

The collective artists do commissioned works as well as gallery exhibitions and individual pieces, he says.

"Art is one of the things that falls off the list first for people."

New Zealand Management Academies spokeswoman Kristin Falconer says the school has received plenty of positive feedback about the work.

"It's just a really lively piece that stands on its own as a piece of art," she says.

"But it also represents some of our values as a school.

"It's a real statement and we're so proud of it."

Go to cutcollective.co.nz for more information.

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- East And Bays Courier

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