Heavy metal and fine art collided with a bang at Whangarei's Quarry Arts Centre over the weekend as artworks got flattened by a steamroller.

But it was to aid further creation as the Te Kowhai Print Trust's Printapalooza II event saw woodcuts for 17 artists made into prints using a steamroller.

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

Ms Horton said more than 400 people attended the event on Saturday - which was supported by the Whangarei District Council's Creative Community Scheme - although numbers were well down on that on Sunday.

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She said the prints would be exhibited at 116 Bank St from December 5 to 19, with a silent auction for the artworks running throughout the exhibition.