Bringing Vacant Spaces to Life

Bringing Vacant Spaces to Life

We went along to hang out with Gav (A.K.A RubbleCity) while he and Chile One painted a giant moa in the Hawke St car park.

Gav started the New Brighton Outdoor Art Foundation to bring vibrancy and inspiration to vacant sites in New Brighton after the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes. They started with painting two 40′ shipping containers on an empty site and have evolved to produce multiple outdoor artworks around New Brighton.

The moa nunui or South Island giant moa is an extinct, flightless bird native to Aotearoa, New Zealand. Adult females stood up to two meters high at the back and could reach foliage up to 3.6 meters off the ground, making them the tallest bird species ever known.

“Everything with outdoor art is temporary. We try to bring colour and inspiration to areas that the public probably perceives as maybe being a little bit derelict, whereas we see it as a canvas.

“We wanted to paint a wall of a bird that was something a little bit different. That’s why we came up with the concept of painting a giant female moa. We’d like to just continue to see new walls, more murals, more artists.”  

– Gav (A.K.A RubbleCity)