Kaituna Street Art ~ Making a Impact in South Dunedin

31 May 2023

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Congratulations to the South Dunedin Street Art Trail who have recently completed the next incredible instalment of ‘street art’ in South D. The Street Art Trail in South Dunedin is quickly becoming something to behold, and the latest instalment entitled ‘Kaituna’ is pretty special.
Kaituna pays homage to the pre-colonial estuary and wetlands that were situated in the South Dunedin area that supported habitats of native/endemic species of plant and wildlife. A prominent mahika kai site for tuna (eel), mana whenua would leave their waka upturned at the foot of mahika kai trails to travel inland. The colour palette represents sunrise and sunset. The eternal cycle.
The vibrancy, colour and creativity of Street Art has the ability to lift an area and change how people view their community and themselves. Moreover, Street Art breaks down barriers to art, it enables a whole community to enjoy art in their living space and is the democratisation of art.
This mural is situated on the Waka Kotahi Road bridge on King Edward Street near ‘The Kensington’ as you come into South Dunedin from the Oval.
Otago Community Trust was pleased to provide a $26,000 grant to South Dunedin Community Network to support the Street Art Trail initiative and it is magic to see the passion of artists Aidan Taira Geraghty and Hemi Hosking Art come to life, under the guidance of Aroha Novak at Aukaha.
We are looking forward to the next instalment already.