Street Art in Waikanae

Business fronts as art could be the new theme in Kāpiti, following the recent installation of a landscape scene on the front windows of the Mr Stump and Mr Chipper businesses in Omahi St, Waikanae.

In the normal rough and tumble world of tree felling street art is not always a priority. The business does complete tree services including removal, pruning, felling and clearing, and now they provide a piece of public art for all to enjoy.

Jeremy Seamark of Mr Chipper, who runs the business in partnership with Jade Darbyshire and Don Webster, says initially they just had half the window frontage done which covered their office windows.

“The building landlord saw it and loved it and he paid to have the other half of the building front done,” says Mr Seamark.

He says the design is a reversal on each side. “It’s a great design and we can see out to the street from the office.

The window display signs were created by Omahi St neighbours Signcraft Kāpiti.

Helge Ritthammer of Signcraft says they did the first half last week and were pleased when the building landlord asked to have his side done as well.

“It gives privacy and at the same time lets in quite a bit of light and the perforated service allows the outside to be seen.”

Mr Ritthammer says there is a growing demand from businesses and vacant shops to add artworks to windows.

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