Te Aro - Egmont Street Laneway series

As part of the Council's Laneways Projects (transforming pedestrian areas of our city), Egmont Street receives a colourful facelift thanks to several commissioned street artists.

Egmont Commemoration

Ruth Roberston-Taylor & Rachael Gannaway, 2016
Textile designer Rachael Gannaway and print maker and muralist, Ruth Roberston-Taylor collaborated on their mural depicting a horse skull surrounded by a tea-flower wreath.
The horse skull represents the story of a dead horse left to rot in the laneway. The tea-flower wreath surrounding the skull refers the tea business that was located down the laneway.

The Great Egg Heist

Stephen Templer, 2016
Stephen Templer is an illustrator known for his ability to tell stories through art. Reflecting on the history of a 1924 attempted robbery his mural The Great Egg Heist is the tale of a burglary-gone-wrong. Two burglars broke into a chicken factory and tried, using dynamite, to break into a safe. All they got away with was 15 shillings!


Kelly Spencer, 2016
Taking a different perspective Kelly Spencer also pays tribute to the dead horse found on Egmont Street in 1865. Feeling that horses become unicorns when they pass away, Spencer creates a colourful spray-painted unicorn. Reminiscent of the My Little Pony dolls popular during the 1980s, its luscious locks acknowledge the hair salons sitting either side of the work.

Urban Library

Charlotte Hawley, 2016
Charlotte Hawley is an artist who "makes marks on paper and walls". Her spray-painted Urban Library plays on experiences and memories of growing up in Wellington.
She reflects on key qualities such as reading while huddling from the cool Wellington weather under a colourful knitted patchwork blanket, the mandatory coffee kept warm in a bright red flask to her side.