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Sign o' the Times

by Mark Catley for SCAPE Public Art Season 2016

Mark Catley, Sign o' the Times, 2016.

Signs show us our way forward, prevent us from falling into hazards and can stop us from progress. The Cashel Street Re:START Mall was a beacon of hope following the Christchurch earthquakes. A sign to Christchurch, New Zealand and to the rest of the world that our city can come back from disaster.


Mark Catley

Mark Catley is a graphic artist from Christchurch, New Zealand.
Always been drawn to art and design through his love of pop culture. He finally took the plunge to become a mature student in 2011 (the Christchurch earthquakes helped the decision) and has since started his own design business, Mark Catley Design. Mark also started to make street art after the Christchurch earthquakes. 

I wanted to give something back to the city after we all lost so much. I like to surprise viewers with my art and provide some joy in the damaged inner city.

Many of his street art pieces are enlarged toys from his own childhood. These evoke memories for people my his own age and also connect with children today. Mark's street art is pasted up on abandoned plywood walls around our beautiful yet broken city. 

He also grows orchids, plays records, collects vintage action figures and bolo ties.