Sugartree Laneway Mural ‘The Connector’ Flox and Trustme 2019

This artwork locates Sugartree as a central connector, a bridge between the urban and suburban, central and west, the built environment and the natural environment. It employs the Puriri moth as the central and connecting feature as a symbol for the transformation that has taken place on this site. The development of a non-descript piece of light industrial and commercial land into an accessible and liveable space to be shared and enjoyed.

Content, colour and composition are all used to consciously create a contrast between the left side and right. The left side references the hard edges, hard materials and colour of the city scape, alluding to the formality of the architecture and the multi faceted nature of the urban experience. The right side draws on the organic quality of the landscape as you travel west and features the Kauri and punga with an inflight Kererū, New Zealand’s 2018 Bird Of The Year.

This relationship between the city and natural environment is one inherent to Auckland and Aucklanders and is a hallmark of living in this city. It is this connection that is addressed in this artwork, this site and more broadly by this development.

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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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Flox Portrait