Community Projects - Murals by Marc Spijkerbosch
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Community Projects

Community Projects

Community based public Art Solutions

The power of participation, from concept to celebration. Marc facilitates high profile community projects to achieve real ownership and success in public art. 

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Kawerau’s Giant Aquarium 

An intriguing extension of the community’s local playground. A project driven by, and featuring, local youth. Ownership is inherent.  

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The legendary taniwha ‘Awarua’ lands in Porirua SkatePark

Winner, Resene Mural Masterpieces ‘Best Professional Mural’ 2016

Legend has it that the Taniwha ‘Awarua’ once lived in the Porirua harbour.

Awarua always wished she could fly, but with a huge body and flipper-type wings, this was always going to be a big ask!

But with a series of lessons from her friend ‘Rereroa’ the albatross, Awarua trained hard to bring up her wing strength and build up speed for take off.

On her first attempt, things didn’t go so well. As she skipped furiously across the harbour for take off she barely gained enough height and ploughed into the nearby hills to create that gouge in the landscape known as Whitiroa.

Next effort went a little better, airborne at last! But this time, not paying attention to her flight direction, she smashed into nearby Mana island shearing the top off it. That’s why Mana island has a flat top today.

Bringing the legend to life, Awarua lands in Porirua’s skatepark, 2016. 

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Marc (2nd from left) with Porirua Artists Team

Collaborating with youth for youth spaces ensures empowerment, ownership and longevity.

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Flipper detail – anamorhic perspective

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The Cannon’s Creek Collaboration

A unique artistic partnership in public art. Street art meets trompe l’oeil.

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Respected local graff Artist ‘Antz’ works on his wildstyle graffiti piece in the studio at Lake Rotoma.

Marc works alongside and installs the aerosol art into an illusory alcove to tell the Cannon’s Creek story 

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Ownership through participation – raising community identity and pride

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Rotorua International Airport

Community projects for community ownership

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Painted on panels in the classroom, five primary schools with 200 children tell their stories – and transform the local airport into a vibrant, community-owned asset.

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‘Jubilee’ Lynmore School, Rotorua, NZ.

A celebration of kiwiana – the treasure of children’s concepts elevated into an illusory delight

No question, participation gives ownership and ensures longevity – particularly in the public realm. For assistance or advice on your next project, contact Marc.