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Artist lives in a box to show temporary life of street art

30 January 2014

Artist lives in a box on Auckland’s waterfront to highlight the temporary life of street art

Local New Zealand street artist, Kairau "HASER" Bradley, will be living inside a perspex box next week while creating a constantly changing art exhibition.

The 3 x 3 metre structure on Queens Wharf will be the temporary home and canvas for Haser for five days. Each day Haser will paint a different artwork on the boxes interior and remove it before the next day all the while living 24 hours a day inside the box, including sleeping, eating and drinking.

The artist says he is a firm believer that “art is something to be experienced, rather than collected”. He will demonstrate the temporary life of street art by painting the inside of the box for the duration of the day and removing it before the next day. Haser’s intention is to draw viewers in by creating artwork that they can enjoy, and then taking that feeling away from them by removing the art; here he hopes to recreate that same feeling one deals with when artwork is permanently eradicated.

“Street art is at the forefront of art that is constantly being swept under the rug. This show highlights the temporary life that it has. It is an experience to witness street art, because what may be there in the evening may simply be gone forever by the morning.”

Think Inside the Box is part of a series of installations and activities on Queens Wharf organised by the Council organisation Waterfront Auckland.

Connie Clarkson, Place Manager at Waterfront Auckland says it’s great to have the artwork on site and she’s intrigued about how people will react.

“What we’re trying to do is engage passersby's and get them to enjoy this new public space. It’s all about creating a sense of intrigue and vibrancy to what used to be a working wharf. Exhibitions like these go a long way to doing that. ”

Think Inside the Box is supported by BurgerFuel, Jagermeister, 95bFM and Resene in conjunction with Waterfront Auckland and is expected to run from 7am on Monday 3rd February to 5pm on Friday 7th February.

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Queens Wharf
Since it was handed back into public hands just over two years ago, Queens Wharf has quickly become a vibrant public space, at the foot of the Auckland CBD.

It is thanks largely to a summer programme developed by the Council organisation Waterfront Auckland for the benefit of the local CBD community and visitors to the area. Now in its second summer it includes Kai on Queens – a line up of food trucks and activities on Fridays and ‘Play on Queens’, a series of midweek pop up events including free yoga, drawing classes and mini-festivals.

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Artist bio
Haser is one of a handful of artists at the forefront of the graffiti and street art scene in New Zealand. His long career in graffiti has opened up huge opportunities for him and he has no intention of slowing down. Haser has helped expand the graffiti culture in New Zealand and encourages other artists from all over the world to embrace in our very small but very powerful culture by spreading the word or visiting our country.


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