Whanganui Walls 2021 Whio

This piece pays homage to the environmental taonga of the Whanganui district. At the heart of this diverse slice of land lies the Whanganui River, an ancient body of water illustrated through the background use of translucent water-like drips. In front, sits the Whio, (Blue Duck) an endangered native species found on the shores of the river, who’s livelihood is at stake from development, farming and run off – which in turn all challenge the health and ecology of the river itself.

Stylised hands graphically adorn the left and right of the artwork symbolising a reference to our collective guardianship and the responsibilities we have as humans in the fight against global warming and species extension.

Special thanks to the Whanganui Walls team who made this all possible and of course my rock @sweatypalmspies for your energy and support. This was by far the most enjoyable paint I’ve ever had!


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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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