The Top 8 Dunedin Street Art Picks
The Dunedin Street Art Trail is an excellent educational addition to school trips and family vacations, or even to add a bit of culture to your next business trip. Viewing all of the artworks is possible within a couple of hours if walking, or it can be achieved in a much shorter time frame if traveling by car, making this an easy add-on to your days' activities. Grab a copy of the map at the local iSite visitor center or view a map online here. These are our top picks not to be missed.
DALeast – 25 Stafford Street
Enjoy Chinese-born artist DALeast’s Haast Eagle, which follows his unique style of constructing animals and people as if they had been made from shards of metal. DALeast is considered one of the most accomplished street artists of our time, along with being a sculptor, painter, and digital artist.
Phlegm – 76 Vogel Street, 12 Manse Street, 24 and 85 Moray Place
Don’t miss British street artist Phlegm’s artworks, with several contributions to the art trail, his mythical artworks incorporate features of New Zealand’s history and native birdlife. Phlegm is a world-renowned cartoonist and illustrator, he is a well-recognized street artist and his work has appeared on many objects such as airplanes, boats, buildings, and vehicles.
ROA – 7 Bath Street
ROA is a street artist from Belgium, with a preference for realistic animal or rodent murals. His work often reflects the country of origin’s native animals, in Dunedin’s case, the Tuatara is his subject. With a true passion for painting, his distinctive black and white street style artwork can be found worldwide.
Sean Duffel – 43 Jetty Street
One of New Zealand’s most prolific street artists, Sean Duffell draws his inspiration from New Zealand’s very distinctive native flora and fauna. His artwork inspires and uplifts with its bold use of color, he is one of the most recognizable street artists in New Zealand today.
Toothfish – 8 Wharf Street
One of the largest artworks along the trail, the aptly named “The Revenge of the Ocean #1” by Toothfish is ideally located down near the waterfront. Depicting a dark oceanic scene consisting of different species of fish, this New Zealand artist uses his art to raise awareness of environmental and political issues facing the world today.
Natalia Rak – 48 Bond Street
Cheeky, playful, and in a more realistic style, Polish artist Natalia Rak’s contribution titled “Love is in the Air” offers a more light-hearted approach to the street art trail. Bold colors and a scene reminiscent of the simpler things in life are bound to bring a smile to passers-by.
Pixel Pancho – 365 Princess Street
Following in his usual decomposed robotic style, Italian artist Pixel Pancho brings Princess Street alive with his “complex interweaving of the human form, flora, and metal”. Titled “Riding Dreams” the dreamlike image portrays a mechanical style horse being ridden by a semi-robotic boy.
Mica Still – 8 Stafford Street
Using bold color and an array of both New Zealand and American-born animal forms, Mica Still has her own unique street art style. While born in the USA Mica Still is now based in Wellington New Zealand, her artwork reflects her background while exploring her “desires, fears and fantasies”.
The list of artists who have contributed goes on and on but includes Hyuro from Argentina, Bezt from Poland, Suki and Be Free from Australia, and New Zealand artists Andy McCready, Sam Ovens, John Thom, and Devon Smith just to name a few.
Discovering Dunedin City
As the Dunedin Art Trail leads you through some of the lesser-known areas of the city it enables you to discover some ‘off the beaten track’ opportunities for shopping, eating, and generally exploring the parts of the city you may not normally come across. See below for some galleries and information on heritage buildings you may encounter along the way.
Dunedin Art Galleries
For those wishing to seek out more of Dunedin’s artistic endeavors, there is a good sprinkling of art galleries dotted around the city center. Some of the more notable galleries are:
- The Blue Oyster Art Project Space. Experimental and emerging artists 16 Dowling Street.
- The Artist’s Room. Fine art gallery 2 Dowling Street.
- Quadrant Gallery. Jewelry and sculptures 480 Moray Place.
- Rocda Gallery. Various artworks 73 Princes Street.
- Moray Gallery. Various media 55 Princes Street.
- Mint Gallery. Various media 32 Moray Place.
- The Hocken Gallery. Historic artworks 90 Anzac Avenue.
- Dunedin Public Art Gallery. Significant works by local artists The Octagon.
- Gallery De Novo. Photography, printmaking, pencil drawing, and painting. 101 Stuart Street.
- Lure. New Zealand Jewellery 130 Stuart Street.
- Inge Doesburg Gallery and Studio. Printmaking and mixed-media 6 Castle Street.
Heritage Walks In Dunedin City
The Dunedin City Council offers a great resource for those wishing to take in some of Dunedin’s famous heritage buildings as part of their artistic exploration of the city. Some of Dunedin’s buildings date back to the 1870s and 1880s and feature as excellent examples of the early settlers Edwardian architecture.
These walks are part of the nationwide ‘Kiwi Walk’ network, bronze plaques are set within the footpath to keep you on track as you make your way around the streets. Look for ‘Heritage Walk 1′ and ‘Heritage Walk 2’, arrows on the plaques will indicate the intended direction of travel. Plaques containing building details and origins are also located on many of the featured heritage buildings. There are two heritage walks to choose from, each taking approximately an hour to complete.
Heritage Walk One
Walk One takes you through central Dunedin streets seeking outbuildings that have been categorized by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Some of the buildings include Garrison Hall on Dowling street, the Imperial Building on the corner of Dowling Street and Queens Gardens, and the iconic Dunedin Railway Station in Anzac Square.
Heritage Walk Two
Walk Two takes you through the northern streets of Dunedin, showcasing magnificently designed buildings like the Trinity Church on the corner of Stuart Street and Moray Place, St Joseph’s Cathedral on the corner of Smith and Rattray Streets, and St Paul’s Cathedral near the Octagon.
This thought-provoking outdoor art gallery has created a sense of pride within the city of Dunedin and is definitely an attraction not to be missed when visiting the area. For more information on the Dunedin Street Art Trail, Dunedin City art galleries, or the Dunedin City Council Heritage Walks call into the Dunedin i-Site Visitor Centre or see here for some of the best walks to try in and around Dunedin.