13 Nov 2017

A re-opened city lane features a mural with the famous line ‘No place like home’ painted in huge, colourful panels to add vibrancy to a key pedestrian route.

Auckland aerosol and stencil artist Hayley King, aka Flox, has taken inspiration from The Wizard of Oz for her new artwork in Plymouth Lane.

Artist Hayley King, aka Flox, painting the mural in Plymouth Lane.

Artist Hayley King, aka Flox, painting the mural in Plymouth Lane.

She considers there are parallels between the journey undertaken by Christchurch residents after the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and the classic story, which starts with a natural disaster and sees Dorothy use intellect, heart and courage to find a way through many trials and get back home.

“By referring to the famous line ‘No place like home’, I'm honouring the resilience, tenacity and collaboration of the people of this much loved city,” Ms King says.

Plymouth Lane, which runs between Lichfield St and Cashel St, has been upgraded under the Council’s Enliven Places Programme with the aim of transforming a large blank wall into a vibrant artwork that will make the area an inviting and interesting place for people to walk through. 

The laneway is an important pedestrian link between City Mall, the newly built Justice and Emergency Services Precinct and the Lichfield Street Car Park Building which opened on Friday.

Council Project Director of Major Facilities Lee Butcher says Plymouth Lane will complement the car park, which offers 805 parking spaces. “As part of the rebuild works we've given the lane a makeover including the artwork and new lighting so that it will be a bright, open, safe area to walk through, with access to the car park’s ground-floor retail and hospitality businesses.”

The mural spans 75 metres and is broken up into 12 panels. Completing the project involved 13 hours of projection work, 10 hours of stencil cutting and four days of painting during which 52 hand-cut stencils, 55 cans of spray paint and 70 litres of Resene paint were used. Each panel features its own letter and uses stencil designs of plant and bird life as well as some graphically-inspired letters.

The delivery of the artwork has been supported by contributions and assistance from Clearwater Construction Ltd.