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Kaleidoscopic Nights | 2012 - Temporary Installation

A Resene Art in the Streets Mural by Rachael Dewhirst

The winning design for the inaugural Resene Art in the Streets SCAPE Christchurch Mural  has been painted in central Christchurch's Re:Start Mall

The winning design, created by Rachael Dewhirst - a fourth year student of Fine Arts at Canterbury University - is a vibrant scheme which has been created for installation as a vast  mural on the wall of the Canterbury Development Corporation Building. 

Rachael’s design was inspired by her post-earthquake observations of parts of buildings, including their interiors, which were not exposed previously. The shapes inspired forms in the mural design, and she will use playful and optimistic colours to add impact on the surrounding grey, empty landscape.

She has taken into account the close proximity of vehicles from the adjacent car park to the mural and she hopes that “the shadows and silhouettes of vehicles will accompany the abstract forms in the space.”

Rachael says "I am extremely excited and grateful to have this opportunity; especially to have an active part to play alongside SCAPE Public Art to bring life and vibrancy to our central city. As a Fine Arts student at Canterbury working towards an artistic career, it is a unique chance to showcase my work to the public."

The Resene Art in the Streets SCAPE Christchurch Murals project was created as an extension of the SCAPE Public Art Development Workshops. The Workshops, run earlier this year, were developed specifically for Christchurch-based visual art students, emerging and mid-career artists and aimed to cultivate the necessary skills to develop public art projects for Christchurch. Artists who attended the workshops were encouraged to submit designs for consideration for the mural, and Rachael’s submission was chosen from amongst the designs received.

Image & video credits:

Kaleidoscopic Nights, Rachael Dewhirst, 2012

© SCAPE Public Art & Rachael Dewhirst


Rachael Dewhirst

In her painterly response to the subjects and narratives of her work, Rachael Dewhirst’s paintings touch upon both formal aspects of painting and the immediate experience of the world around her. Dewhirst works in a range of media, applying paint in impasto and translucent washes. Just as the application of paint to the canvas demonstrates a joy and pleasure in the act of painting, the subjects of Dewhirst’s work are equally characterized by their optimism. Dewhirst completed BFA Honours in Fine Arts in 2013 at the University of Canterbury, and has work in the collections of the James Wallace Trust and University of Canterbury.

Born in Auckland, New Zealand (1991), previously completed Honours in Fine Arts (2013) at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.


Major Sponsor: Resene

Sponsors: Upright Scaffolding, Creative Communities NZ, CPIT Trade Training Painters. 

Support Sponsors: Nick Hunt, Canterbury Museum, AT Gough Property Management, Wilson Parking, SignTech