Painting Ruins


In the wake of the Christchurch earthquakes of 2010 and 2011, the city was irrevocably changed. However, amongst the pervasive and lingering damage, an array of art was produced in attempts to reclaim, reinvent and reinvigorate Christchurch. Perhaps some of the most popular additions to the urban landscape have been the numerous large scale murals that have adorned walls across the city. These murals have been representative of the global resurgence of mural art, which in itself has developed from graffiti and street art, forms which have often been maligned but have influenced a sweeping swift in the appearance of cities across the world. Take a virtual tour of the murals that have coloured Christchurch's streets and consider their relationship to the post-disaster city, as well as the deeper contexts of this movement and how it is reshaping cities.