Artist gives inner-city building a makeover

A once tired-looking building has been transformed into a work of art in central New Plymouth.

The King St Powerco building contains electrical equipment to power the surrounding area and adjoins the new $10 million brick industrial-style office precinct being built by local developers.

Well known Taranaki street artist Phil ‘Suspect’ Jones turned the tired old building into an explosion of art with his latest eye-catching design.

The artwork, which can be seen when travelling west along King St was commissioned by Govett Quilliam with the support of surrounding businesses, NP Operatic Society, Venture Taranaki, CMK Accountants and Alpha Customs.

Powerco’s Oliver Vincent said it was the first time the company had worked to help create a privately commissioned artwork on a Powerco asset.

“We have a number of artworks with Powerco safety messages, also painted by Phil Jones, on transformers and buildings in New Plymouth and Opunake, but this is the first time a private business has commissioned a piece of art for one of our buildings,” he said.

“The mural certainly makes the area attractive for people visiting King St.”