Artwork Name: Pūkeko & Fish
Artist Name: Chris Newman
Location: Corner of Hinemoa and Tūtānekai Streets
Medium: Painted transformer
This transformer was painted by Chris Newman with a series of snorkelling and scuba diving pukeko – a humorous and easily recognisable native bird.
The pukeko are looking at the trout in smart attire and aim to share the message about keeping our waterways clear and clean for future generations.
Credit: Chris Newman, Pūkeko & Fish, 2014. Rotorua transformer
About the artist: Born and raised in Rotorua, Noomz has always “had a heart for art” as has his whole family. He and his sister Jessica feature on many of the Chorus boxes around town.
He began painting pictures of his friends cars and this progressed to pets, tattoo designs and then random imagery that popped into his head. Newman is a firm believer that cities should be galleries and that we can all draw.