There'll be some serious heavy metal heard at Whangarei's Quarry Arts Centre today, but it won't be a musical extravaganza, more a gentle roll as some artwork gets steamrolled.

However, it's creation, rather than destruction, that will occur during the Te Kowhai Print Trust's Printapalooza II event, being held today and tomorrow from 10am to 3pm.

Run in conjunction with the Quarry's Festival of Life this weekend, Printapalooza II will see large woodcut works by 17 artists made into prints using a steamroller.

Trust manager Jasmine Horton said two print copies of each woodcut work would be made by the steamroller, with one copy going to the artist and the other being auctioned off to raise funds for the trust after they were exhibited.

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Ms Horton said this was the second year Printapalooza had run and the trust wanted to make it an annual event.

"We want it to be the largest print festival in New Zealand," she said.