Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Oriental Bay Seascape Mural Teaming with Life

1 August 2005

Growing Creative Habitats Oriental Bay Seascape Mural Teaming with Life, Fishes, and New Critters

Wellington's colourful and dynamic Oriental Bay Seascape mural is about to get a new population of fish and underwater creatures, thanks to a group of local artists, a team of scientists, and an on-going creative partnership.

Wellington City Council and the Department of Conservation began a partnership last year, which combined a dilapidated retaining wall, a handful of artists, and a group of scientists and marine life specialists. The result is the unique work of public art known as the Oriental Bay Seascape Mural.

Originally painted by artist Ellen Coup in May 2004, the mural offers a closer look at Wellington's underwater habitats, from rock pools to marine mammals to birdlife to the variety of local fishes. Several dozen illustrations of local marine life, painted onto sign-grade plywood by Wellington artists, were then bolted in place as a second layer on top of Coup's striking habitat.

"Just about everyone who passes the mural, from joggers and cyclists to kids and foreign visitors, wants to stop and engage with the extraordinary world it depicts," said Wellington City Council Arts Manager, Eric Holowacz. "It's a credit to the artists, the scientists, and DOC, that they all seem to want to learn more about fishes, seaweeds, and orcas."

On Tuesday 2 August, to celebrate DOC's Conservation Week programmes, over a dozen new illustrations will be added to the 90m seascape mural, making it an even more dynamic depiction of local aquatic flora and fauna.

The new additions, created by Jo Thapa, Julian Knapp, Aaron Frater, and Hamish Pilbrow, include a stingray, banded rasse, porcupine fish, oyster catcher, several kina, and the familiar blue cod. The illustrations were completed after consultation and advice from marine specialists at DOC, Te Papa, and NIWA.

"This project shows how art can be used to promote conservation objectives, educate the community, and advocate for local environmental concerns," said DOC Community Relations Ranger Jo Greenman. "It also provides countless opportunities to develop school programmes, education activities, informative literature and creative outreach activities."

The public and local media are invited to view the installation, and help celebrate this next stage of the Oriental Bay Seascape Mural, from 10am to noon on Tuesday 2 August. There will be a welcome and introductions by Department of Conservation rangers on-site at 11am, and participating artists will be available to discuss this unique educational art project.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: From Free Press to Fancy Dress - Spielberg's The Post

Stephen Spielberg's The Post is an opportune newsroom drama in which a corrupt Republican president wages war against the "liberal media," as its plucky proprietor risks economic and legal ruin to bring the Pentagon Papers to public light. Its true protagonist is publisher Katharine Graham, a stringently diplomatic businesswoman, reluctantly compelled to take an overtly political stance in the interests of democracy and freedom of the press. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Black Dog of Empire - Joe Wright's Darkest Hour'

On the eve of England's contorted efforts to negotiate its ignominious retreat from Europe and the chaotic spectacle of the Tory party ratifying its undignified departure from a union originally designed to prevent another World War, there has been a renewed appetite for movies about 1940. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Anger Begets Anger - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

For fans of what Ricky Gervais termed "number movies" (Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Ocean's 11, Se7en), Martin McDonagh's latest offering will be a welcome addition to the roster. The Irish playwright turned screenwriter and director has produced another quirky and darkly comic tragedy that evolves around the futility of anger and grief, retribution and revenge. More>>

Howard Davis: Sexting in George Dawe's Genevieve - Part I

Te Papa's permanent collection includes an enormous oil painting by the English artist George Dawe called Genevieve (from by a poem by S.T. Coleridge entitled 'Love') that was prominently featured in the 2013 exhibition Angels & Aristocrats. Compare the massive immensity of the bard's gorgeously gilded harp with the stubby metallic handle of the Dark Knight's falchion, both suggestively positioned at crotch-level. Dawe's enormous canvas invokes a whole history of blushing that pivots around a direct connection to sexual arousal. More>>


Ethnomusicology: Malian ‘Desert Blues’ Revolutionaries To Storm WOMAD

Malian band Tinariwen (playing WOMAD NZ in March 2018) are a true musical revolutionaries in every sense. Active since 1982, these nomadic Tuareg or ‘Kel Tamashek’ (speakers of Tamashek) electric guitar legends revolutionised a traditional style to give birth to a new genre often called ‘desert blues’. They also have a history rooted deeply in revolution and fighting for the rights of their nomadic Tamashek speaking culture and people. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland