X June 13, 2018

I had such a rad week in the South Island at St Andrew’s School, Timaru!

There was a pretty special brief for the mural developed by the tamariki and school. They are really knowledgeable their local natural environment, so I wanted to reflect that in the mural.

The main three triangles are the structure of the piece, and they represent the mountains around the area. The shapes took inspo from the school’s logo, and you can see the water swirl in the mix.

Inside the central triangle are native fauna, and around the triangles are native birds. Two regional rivers flank the three maunga / triangles.

And we can’t forget the mudfish! The school has been quite active in the preservation of the local mudfish. They have even won awards for their work!

While I was working at the school I got to meet Ahi the Kāhu. It was a fabulous experience to hold this magical creature! Vaughan Skea (a teacher at the school) heads The Raptor Trust, a group which rescues and rehabilitates native birds so the birds are very close to the school’s heart. Did you know Harrier Hawks are a symbol of victory and chieftainship in Maori tradition?

I also got to do some stencil workshops with some year 6, 7 and 8 students. We had a great time cutting out stencils together! Check out their work, the mural and Ahi the Kāhu in the pics and video below.

Would you like a mural at your school or organisation? Get in touch.

St Andrew’s School logo. Can you see it reflected in the mural design above?


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As an aerosol and stencil artist with a fine art degree, Flox has been making her mark on the inner cityscape of Auckland since 2003.

Her trademark native birds, ferns and flowers are a celebration of Aotearoa’s environmental taonga. Using distinctly vibrant and confident colour on a scale combined with delicacy they have magically transformed grey walls into vibrant depictions of the natural world.

Flox swiftly expanded her practice into prints, publications, murals, graphic design, live painting, projects and workshops for both schools and the wider public. She has been involved in numerous collaborations, charity work and both group and solo exhibitions.

Her accessible narratives have broadened the appeal and shaped her into one of New Zealand’s most recognised contemporary artists.

In recent years Flox has focused on refining new ideas, exploring other cultures and pushing her own artistic boundaries. This resulted in a three-month Artist Residency in Taiwan and a journey to Udaipur in India, to expand her international audiences.

Seen everywhere from Berlin, Hong Kong, New York, Taiwan, India and the US, Flox continues spreading her wings and making her presence felt across public spaces and homes worldwide.

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