Bluff Mural:
The Anchor Stone

TrustMe x Flox 2021

We were lucky enough to get south to Motopōhue/Bluff recently for the @southseaspray festival. Starting late due to Auckland’s 3 day lockdown, we sprinted through this wall playing catchup throughout. If you are into numbers we used 150 cans to paint 150sqM over 4 days averaging 40 minutes per square meter.
Thanks to the incredible work of @deow and @miharomurihiku in getting things together to make the event possible and then the incredible manaaki during the it all. Southern hospitality is REAL!

Also thanks to all the other artists for your support and especially @kell.sunshine and @sean_duffell the travelling paint shop. The artwork hails Motopōhue/Bluff as the tie off point connecting Maui’s waka to Rakiura/Stewart Island, which served as his anchor stone (Te Puka a Maui). In this way Motopōhue and it’s people holds Te Waipounamu/Te Waka a Maui/South Island and by extension Te Ika a Maui/North island in place. This idea is realised in sculptural form through the impressive work by Russell Beck (d. 2018) whose piece Te Puka a Maui features two components, one in Bluff and the partner piece in Lee Bay on Rakiura.
Weka were one of the rare southern protein sources and were supplanted by the introduction and proliferation of sheep. The titi or mutton bird of course is the more famous and enduring food source. However in the 1960’s Ross’ father took his parents (who were visiting from Malaysia) on a tour of the South Island. During this trip they were admonished by a D.O.C. employee when they caught and ate a Weka. According to them it wasn’t worth the effort anyway.


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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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