Taranaki Festival Of Light 2023

Fantastical Forest (Continued)


This artwork is a continuation of our mural from last years’ Matariki FOL and pays homage to the unique geography and flora/fauna that form part of the Taranaki region, and to New Zealand species that are no longer with us.  Painted with a popping palette of neon aerosol the mural was once again black lit during the festival, so at night the artwork glowed and came alive.

Heroed this time with the extinct South Island Kōkako, the bird makes reference to a bygone era, much the same as the forgotten Huia do, from the earlier 2022 mural.

The Gold Striped Gecko (a Taranaki resident) has made an appearance, twisting and turning itself around the natural shapes that the architecture provides, while a native Kōtare flaps it’s wings around the bend of the stairs.

The Kamahi Walk is an ancient setting set in the foothills of Mt Taranaki and forms the basis of inspiration of this artwork as a whole.  Fantastical goblin-like faces, peering eyeballs and enchanted creatures follow the viewer, while native flora and fauna bring a nature twist to this urban environment.


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My Story

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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