A blank canvas has been found for US artist Cryptik, after the PangeaSeed Foundation were a wall short for the second annual Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans festival.

Yesterday the foundation - who are producing the festival - said they were in urgent need of a wall for one of their most notable and unique participating artists Cryptik.

The painting days of the six-day festival officially began yesterday however due to unforseen circumstances the wall Cryptik was allocated to paint was unavailable.

PangeaSeed were seeking a wall in portrait format and between three and four stories high in central Napier - which has now been found.

The mural will be created on the Napier City Council building, over the existing Napier Now billboard, a foundation spokeswoman said.

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This new mural be next to one created for the innaugural New Zealand festival last year by Askew One.

PangeaSeed Foundation director Tre' Packard had said the matter was extremely urgent because of the short window of time that artists have to produce a large-scale work.

"Please help us find a wall for this incredible artist. Ideally, he needs to start painting [today] or as soon as possible," he said.

Cryptik hails from Los Angeles and is recognised as one of the greats of the street art world. It would be a major loss to the festival if he was unable to contribute a mural, Mr Packard said.

Cryptik plans to paint a mural of a Bryde's mother whale and her calf, as a symbol of peace and connection.