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Big Drypnz

by stephen clover on June 23, 2011 in Architecture, Art

If you’re in the market for a real bona fide “Holy shit, look at that!” experience, try heading down to the eastern end of Abel Smith Street, opposite the Southern Cross.

Tattoo Apartments exterior by Drypnz

A better quality possibly daytime image is deserved to do it justice

Where on the corner of Wigan Street there was once a Tattoo Museum (or this), with an imposing moai on the street front (image), there is now the three-storey Tattoo Apartments building. That’s not the “holy shit” moment, however. The “holy shit” moment is related to the massive (MASSIVE! three-stories massive!) artwork by reknowned local street-artist Drypnz that adorns the Abel Smith Street-facing edge of the building — two (significantly more than the moai) imposing figures presiding over the entranceway like a pair of sentinels or possibly even LOTR’s Argonath.

This is the most courageous large-scale building decoration I’ve ever seen or heard of. Much respect to the building owner.

Stephen Clover

Stephen Clover swears too much, drinks too much, and is frequently being sent not-safe-for-work weblinks by his amusing friends. He lives for music and art. He also worships at the same church as Tom Beard.

callum June 23, 2011 at 9:32 pm

And look how beautifully lit it is, two lamps in their heads and one by the bike stand…

kel June 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm

love it!

hungryandfrozen June 28, 2011 at 8:52 am

This is right by where I live, so I’ve seen it slowly emerge from the very first coat of paint. However, I love that it’s there at all, because I really liked the dragon painted on the building that previously occupied that space, and was sad to see it go.

wgtnwallstreet July 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm
stephen clover July 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

Awesome pics, thanks!

Greg Bodnar September 2, 2011 at 8:41 am

I ran across this today.

I see it as a sign that Wellington is embracing its street art and realising that it’s an important part of the culture. I took another look around the outside and I’m just as impressed now as on the first view. Congrats again to Drypnz.

stephen clover September 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Oh brilliant, Greg — thanks for linking that.

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