Tauranga CBD rubbish bins get makeover

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Tayla Joy Rapira's completed bin, brightening up Willow St. Photo/Dane Scott
Tayla Joy Rapira's completed bin, brightening up Willow St. Photo/Dane Scott

New street art has popped up in Tauranga's city centre as artists turned rubbish bin lids into canvas.

Over the weekend seven artists painted seven rubbish bin lids to brighten up Willow St.

'The project 'Bomb the Bins', led by Creative Tauranga's gallery curator Millie Newitt, came from discussions with fellow artist Tara Fowler about ways to liven up Willow St.

Millie Newitt painting a rubbish bin on Willow St last weekend. Photo/Dane Scott
Millie Newitt painting a rubbish bin on Willow St last weekend. Photo/Dane Scott

"It would be amazing if the project could be extended to more bins around the city centre," Ms Newitt said.

She said the work of the artists was incredible, "so varied and vibrant".

"The designs tie into the 'nature' theme we started with," she said.

Bomb the Bins combined efforts of Creative Tauranga with city council and Downtown Tauranga and Resene Colour Shop supplied the paint.

Mainstreet Tauranga spokesperson Sally Cooke said it was fantastic to see the art on the street.

Artist Jamie Harkins's painted bin. Photo/Dane Scott
Artist Jamie Harkins's painted bin. Photo/Dane Scott

"When we started the Willow St Project it was about creating simple, light, creative concepts that would add interest and vibrancy to the street, creating moments of enjoyment for all.

"The beautiful artwork completed at the weekend captures this perfectly and is another vital component of this place-making project," Ms Cooke said.

The artists involved were Tayla Joy, Ali Thompson, Millie Newitt, Jamie Harkins, Viv Quinn and her two daughters Sapphire and Skye, and Tara Fowler.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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