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Palm Trees & Pirate Ships

February 18 2019

Unpopular opinion but is anyone else less than impressed with the new graffiti on Cow Lane? What has Pirate Ships, Palm Trees and beaches have to do with Queenstown?

Wouldn’t it have been way better to have a Kiwi-born graffiti artist (maybe some of the amazing talent emerging out of Dunedin, Chc) come and create a piece that actually talked to the town? Or the general area?

I like Steen Jones, but to be honest this mural looks like ANOTHER palm tree repeat for the instgram with no connection to the local feel or vibe.

Hopefully we can have some pieces that resonate to the people that have to walk past it every day and not just fly in another Aussie just doing it for “the grams”. Never settle for settling on templated street art.

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Reply From Creative Cows

Thanks for your feedback on the first piece of art in Cow Lane - we are happy to take the good with the bad! Art is totally subjective so we are not surprised some people love it while others aren’t so sold: that’s just the nature of it!

Steen was one of 21 artists who submitted to be a part of this project and was chosen by a panel of five people with various backgrounds and vocations in consultation with the buildings owner and tenants. His experience, skill and ability to paint such a large wall - along with his obvious talent - scored him the job!

The aim is to brighten the Lane with art, not necessarily create a “Queenstown” theme... We have plenty of walls left to colour and have some great Kiwi and local artists in mind so watch this space! Each piece will be different and hopefully conjure predominantly positive vibes for the viewers. We sincerely love the first wall and think it is a massive improvement on the ageing brown paint that is has replaced. We would also like to thank everyone for their support and appreciation of Steen’s work - he had a blast here and could not believe the hospitality of our wee town so thanks!! Big love! Creative Cows x

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    Next week in the LWB "VOTE NOW" the subject could be this graffiti painting....get an idea who actually likes it, and who thinks that it is vandalism.....I know where I am going to vote

    Posted 18/02/2019 4:36pm (1 year ago)

  • g unit

    Yip looks awful, what does it have to do with the area, typical QLDC. Never settle...ffs its bogan.

    Posted 18/02/2019 8:08pm (1 year ago)

  • Disappointed

    The writer echos my thoughts exactly. How disappointed I was when reading an Aussie artist would be the first mural painter in our internationally known NEW ZEALAND town. I gave hope in the prospect that the subject on the wall would depict this iconic Adventure Capital town's vibe. Again , disappointed. The panel got it wrong, I'd prefer a brown wall.

    Posted 19/02/2019 3:16pm (1 year ago)

  • yeahnah

    I love it. What a bunch of inward looking, closed minded comments. WTF has the artists nationality got to do with it. You bigots wouldn't have to look far to find other art works that haven't been produced by a NZer. Crickey, the William Rees sculpture at the wharf was sculpted by an Israeli! Get your heads out of your butts and celebrate the diversity and creativity that other nationalities bring to our area. Peace.

    Posted 19/02/2019 6:22pm (1 year ago)


    It doesnt matter where the artist was from....its CRAPPPPPP.......

    Posted 19/02/2019 7:13pm (1 year ago)

  • G unit

    Yeahnah, I couldn't care if it was and Aussie bogan or NZ bogan. Its still bogan

    Posted 20/02/2019 10:36am (1 year ago)

  • G unit

    Yeahnah, I couldn't care if it was and Aussie bogan or NZ bogan. Its still bogan

    Posted 20/02/2019 10:36am (1 year ago)

  • Subjective

    I really like that it's palm trees and pirate ships! Why the hell would you paint mountains when the real thing overlooks the town? We don't have to emblazon the Remarkables on everything.

    It's really brightened up a dull, unremarkable service lane. Good work, Creative Cows!

    Posted 20/02/2019 3:20pm (1 year ago)

  • Keep it Local

    Surely the Town Center Manager who in all the time he has been busy collecting frequent flyer points and being paid hundreds of thousands of dollars courtesy of the ratepayer , could have organised something a little more creative and representative of the area ,than this mish mash. What giving the local high school opportunity?

    Posted 22/02/2019 4:41pm (1 year ago)

  • Cleone Blomfield

    Has anyone read the detail of just released document on CGT "item 24 Boarders.?It affects a home owner who takes in boarders or students and in 2018 they can charge up to $532 for a couple tax free. Home owners will have to choose to either return the income and pay tax on it or their property will be subject to Capital Gains tax.

    Posted 22/02/2019 5:38pm (1 year ago)

  • Plain Jane

    I love it - disappointing the some small minded people had to bring nationality into it.

    Posted 28/03/2019 5:15pm (11 months ago)