Karangahape Road goes bananas

Publish Date : 03 Jul 2017

Bunches of bananas aren’t something you’d usually spot hanging on Karangahape Road, but new light-based banana-patterned artworks have sprouted up, bringing a burst of colour and energy to the street.

Don't Dream it's Over
Don't Dream it's Over artwork by artist Janet Lilo on Karangahape Road (Photography by Olivia Laita)

In the works Don’t Dream it’s Over, artist Janet Lilo has used her striking banana motif and sharp neon elements to illustrate Karangahape Road’s melting pot of history, cultural heritage and community diversity. 

Lilo’s works encourage reflection on the street’s journey through change, and both the challenge and reward this has brought.

The artwork is mounted on three six-metre-high light poles on the Karangahape Road overbridge. Up until now the towering poles, which are part of Auckland Council’s public art collection, have featured a pattern-based design by renowned Tongan artist Filipe Tohi.

Don’t Dream it’s Over by Janet Lilo was funded by Auckland Council, and managed and delivered by the Karangahape Road Business Association in partnership with Auckland Council.

Head along to check out the new artworks, which will be launched on Thursday July 6 at Karangahape Road Business Association’s First Thursday event.

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