Second mural donated to city

SALLY KIDSON
Last updated 12:58 30/04/2014
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DAB HAND: Urban artist Askew One creating a mural on the wall at Fresh Choice.

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Nelson will have two murals by urban artist Askew One, after he offered to paint a supermarket wall in exchange for a coffee and a few beers.

Elliot O'Donnell, known as Askew One, is in Nelson to paint a mural that the city won after Gigatown Nelson supporters earned first place in a video competition.

The internationally regarded artist will paint a large mural featuring local children on a wall in Morrison Square bordering Selwyn Place.

He will finish that mural by Friday, but with spare time and spare paint on his hands he suggested he get creative and paint a wall in Fresh Choice's Collingwood St carpark .

"He said: ‘I've got some time. I can do something here if you want me to?'," Fresh Choice owner Mark A'Court said.

A'Court was approached by Karen Lee, of Gigatown Nelson, when she was looking for mural sites.

He was not picked for the main mural, but Askew One offered to put his spare time in Nelson to good use and transform a wall in the supermarket's carpark anyway.

"It's pretty awesome really. I'm really surprised to be honest and really pleased to be included," A'Court said. He let Askew One chose what he wanted to paint in the carpark.

"I trusted his artistic judgment. He has just come out of LA a few days ago I think he's been doing some pretty good work."

Askew One was relaxed and friendly while creating his work in the carpark, and talked to children who were fascinated with his work.

Lee said Gigatown Nelson supporters chose to feature Nelson children in the main mural.

"We wanted to tell the story of the increasing links between online and real life communities - it's an environment that children thrive in, and they above everyone else will benefit from the opportunities new technology brings."

Askew One is recognised worldwide for his graffiti art. He has more than 20 years of experience and is self-taught in graphic design, illustration, photography, publishing, directing and editing music videos and moving images.

The Gigatown competition is a nationwide one run by Chorus which will give the winning town ultrafast broadband.

Nelson jumped to second place in the competition, after it won the latest Chorus mini competition where campaigners created 30-second videos to show what the highspeed internet would do for their cities. A video by Gigatown Nelson campaigner Michelle Lang won the competition, and an extra 200,000 points. Wanaka is currently in top place.

Lee said the timing to get the mural under way had been very tight.

The prize was only awarded late last week, with a deadline for the mural to be finished by Friday.

"It's a real tribute to our community that everyone was prepared to drop what they were doing and pull together to make this happen," she says.

"We would really like to thank everyone who has helped us."

  • Askew One will speak at Red Art Gallery and Cafe at 5.30pm tomorrow.

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