A series of street art portraits of famous, infamous, quirky and intriguing characters from Hastings’ history are set to start popping up on walls around town in the coming weeks.
Each of the Hastings Icons portraits will be accompanied by a sign with a short biography of the person it represents, with a QR code people can scan on their smartphones to find out more.
Stencil artist Adrian Thornton has worked with writer Jess Soutar Barron on the project that weaves together portraits and biographies. Works will appear on blank walls in the city throughout spring, with the first portrait, featuring artist Dick Frizzell was installed installed on Tuesday 30th August at the city end of Karamu Road.
Jess Soutar Barron says the idea is for people to discover the works – and the icons they celebrate – as they walk through the city.
“We are excited to tell these stories to Hastings’ locals, they’re icons we can all be proud of,” says Jess. “All born in Hastings, some are well known already, others are a little more mysterious and obscure.”
“We hope that the portraits will help to raise awareness of these key figures, who have all been high achievers in various fields and contributed to the unique history of our city.
The first series of eight portraits, printed on poster stock and glued to the walls of buildings, will be based on blank walls from the clock tower through the east side of Heretaunga Street. Subsequent series of Hastings Icons will be posted on walls to the west of the city centre.
The project is supported by Creative Hastings,Hastings District Council and the Hastings City Business Association.
For more information, see: https://www.artsinc.co.nz/projects/hastings-icons