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Deadline extended - Artist expressions of interest for public art installations

Link Alliance proudly delivering City Rail Link

Job details

Link Alliance Mt Eden
23 Nov 2020
Work type
Expressions of interest
Work classification
Visual Arts


About Link Alliance 

Link Alliance is delivering The City Rail Link (CRL) project, which is a vital component of the Auckland City Centre Masterplan 2020, and is the single largest transport infrastructure project to be undertaken in New Zealand.  The cumulative effect of these substantial public and private sector works will be transformative for the city and will underpin the next chapter of Auckland’s development as a highly desirable place to live, work and visit.  

During the construction of the City Rail Link, hoardings (plywood fences) will be in place for up to three years around the Mt Eden work sites. To help mitigate the disruption they will cause to the surrounding community, the Link Alliance Mt Eden team are engaging artists to create works to go on these hoardings. These artworks will ensure the area surrounding our sites remains an attractive place to work, live, visit, and do business, and tell the rich stories embedded in the area and the project.  


Te Aranga Māori Design Principles 

Across the project, the Te Aranga Māori Design Principles have been applied to the design thinking and design development of the City Rail Link stations. These principles are founded on Māori cultural values, and act as a guiding tool for enhancing outcomes in the design environment.  Each of the stations has been assigned a Maori deity, to recognise and honour the importance of ancestral Mana Whenua names and connecting historical narratives with the public realm.  Mt Eden Station is connected to elements of the overall CRL story of Matāoho. Matāoho is the volcanic atua/deity who resided in the crater of Maungawhau, and is associated with many of the volcanic features of Tāmaki Makaurau, such as Karā/basalt rock and the Whau tree. 



The creative direction should align with one (or more) of the following underlying themes. Artists are encouraged to conduct research into the following points below before presenting their concepts.  

  • The Maungawhau Station elements of the overall CRL story of Matāoho (as above). Atua resides in states of:
    • dormancy;
    • fluid and hot;
    • solid and fixed;
    • old and changing earth supporting base for people to live on; and,
    • Basalt= the result of his works- used for creating useful and decorative forms- carved etc.
  • Cultural history (working with City Rail Link Limited Mana Whenua arts team)  
  • The history of the surrounding site
  • Key facts and figures on the CRL and Mt Eden
  • People within the Mt Eden community 



There are four individual projects, each one will provide artwork for a specific section of site fence (plywood hoarding).

  • Flower street fence: site-specific, illuminated design approximately 60 metres long, 2.4 metres high
  • Ruru street fence: site-specific mural approximately 27 metres long, 2.4 metres high
  • Shaddock street: site-specific street art approximately 45 metres long, 2.4 metres high 
  • Water street: stencil design - (artwork only) a vector design that can be rendered as a large format stencil.  The stencil will be used to decorate the hoarding (fence) on Water street Mt Eden.  This brief is for the designs only as the stencil/s will be produced by Link Alliance.
How to apply

Please email for the full specification documents and with any questions.  

Closing Date for reverse briefs:  Monday 23 November 2020 6pm

We encourage expressions of interest from artists living or working near Mt Eden.  

We are unlikely to appoint the same artist or provider to more than one piece of work so encourage you to choose the project which suits you best.

Written by

Link Alliance Mt Eden

10 Nov 2020