Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

March 17, 2015

Painted Boxes: Bird with Arms (Paul Walsh)

Filed under: Art,Painted Boxes,Point Chevalier — paul @ 7:03 am
Bird with Arms (Paul Walsh)

Bird with Arms (Paul Walsh)

Utility box on Carrington Road, near Unitec. Inscription on the side panel reads: ‘Bird with arms’ by Paul Walsh. This artwork was sponsored by Julia Wehner.

On poking around on the internet I found that in 2013, Paul Walsh ran a crowd funding project through pledge me for 10 utility boxes with a goal of NZ$350 (that’s $35 per box – what a bargain!). Not surprisingly, the target was reached on day 1, the total eventually reaching $1300, promised to yield even more boxes. The reward for a $35 subscription was “Your name in paint”: I will paint ‘this artwork funded by [your name]’ on the side of one of the exchange boxes, as well as sending you a signed sketch. Bam! Now you’re funding public art like a millionaire!


Paul Walsh on Facebook.

More murals on Oakland Daily Photos’ Monday Murals.


  1. What a great idea to have individuals sponsor these Artworks.
    A thought… How about a link to a Facebook page?

    Comment by Marjan — March 17, 2015 @ 7:21 am

  2. Oh, I like that.

    Comment by William Kendall — March 17, 2015 @ 11:58 am

  3. Ah, and he’s drinking tea! Tom The Backroads Traveller

    Comment by Tom The Backroads Traveller — March 17, 2015 @ 12:25 pm

  4. Cool mural! Our town is in the midst of painting its first utility boxes with murals. I hope they’re as interesting and whimsical as this one.

    Comment by Su-sieee! Mac — March 17, 2015 @ 1:29 pm

  5. very good idea and subtle pairing .. at first I did not notice that the bird was enjoying a a cup of tea.

    Comment by Denton — March 17, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

  6. This is great. Paul Walsh has a winning sense of humor and a worthy mission. Thanks for contributing to this week’s Monday Mural.

    Comment by Oakland Daily Photo — March 18, 2015 @ 12:27 pm

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