Pop-up art project a traffic stopper

21:31, Sep 19 2012

Art has begun popping up around south Invercargill as the community effort to reinvigorate the area continues.

The first of many pieces of art that will appear in south Invercargill in coming months was unveiled on the traffic signal box on the corner of Janet St and Elles Rd yesterday.

The group charged with rejuvenating south Invercargill, South Alive, held a competition among school children to select the best piece of art for the signal box.

The winning design was by 11-year-old Justine Kairau-Mortimore, of Fernworth Primary School, with Southland artist Danny "Deow" Owen painting her colourful design onto the signal box.

Event MC Gerry Forde said the competition signalled the launch of the South Alive pop-up art project which would bring the arts to life in south Invercargill.

Pop-up art was when pieces of artwork popped up overnight in different places, which is what would be happening in south Invercargill in coming months, he said.

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The art project is the latest in a growing list of initiatives taken by South Alive since it was launched in April.

The community group, which is supported by the Invercargill City Council and Venture Southland, has in the past five months cleaned up various areas of south Invercargill, planted trees, planted out the roundabout on the corner of Tweed St and Elles Rd and unveiled plans to have a dog park in south Invercargill.

More initiatives are planned.

evan.harding@stl.co.nz

The Southland Times