10 Apr 2018

New murals will capture the history and community spirit of Lyttelton within the urban landscape of a revamped skate park and playground.

The $45,000 trio of murals is planned for the Oxford Street Reserve site.

The visual story will incorporate the early days of the portside settlement, native plants and birds and an abstract urban scene featuring a skateboarder.

A new mural depicts the early days of Lyttelton.

A new mural depicts the early days of Lyttelton

All three are the work of Los Angeles-based Christchurch artist Guy Ellis, also known as Dcypher.

“We requested that the proposed murals reflect the history of Lyttelton and the site, and appeal directly to the youth and children of the area who are the primary users of the park,” Christchurch City Council project manager Jon Malis says.

“The proposed concepts by Dcypher capture the aspirations that the people of Lyttelton have for these murals, in insightful and colourful designs of which the whole community can be proud.”

Work will begin on the two-week project on 14 April.

First up, the designs will be projected onto the walls so they can be outlined prior to painting.

The murals are key elements of the $375,000 site upgrade, which also includes extensive playground landscaping and repairs to the park’s earthquake-damaged heritage walls.

An acclaimed muralist, Dcypher’s work features in the Spectrum Street Art Show and several murals around Christchurch, along with international street art festivals, cityscapes, museums and high-profile advertising campaigns. His work has also been showcased in Brazil, Dubai and the United States, particularly at the Venice Beach Skate Park in California.

A colourful Kiwiana-themed mural by Dcypher also adorns the Wharenui Recreation Centre in Christchurch.