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Proposed mural concerns neighbours - 28th Mar 2015

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There's some beautiful street art popping up around Dunedin, but not everyone is happy about it. What do you think? Do these murals add value to investment properties in the area or do they simply create a maintenance issue for the council in years to come?

A proposed street mural by a Polish artist has divided opinion, as two apartment owners oppose the work.

The pair's opposition to the proposed mural by artist Natalia Rak, entitled Love is in the air, on the side of a Liverpool St apartment building, is among evidence to be presented at a resource consent hearing next week.

Council planner Sophie Lord has recommended consent be granted, saying it would have a positive impact on the amenity of the area.

Both submitters who wished consent to be declined for the Dunedin Street Art (DSA) group, which has been behind other murals in the city, owned apartments in a Bond St building.

John Williams was worried about how the mural would affect the value of his property.

''I have purchased [the apartment] as an investment and I feel that this mural adjacent to my property is not going to add any value and may in fact devalue the property.

''I also think that in time the artwork will also age and deteriorate, again losing potential value,'' Mr Williams said in his submission.

Simon Eddy said he wanted the council to refuse consent unless there was ''substantial support'' from affected parties.

''My belief is that whilst the applicant [DSA] is doing honorable work installing murals in the city's warehouse district and, indeed, I recognise some value in that activity, this should be limited to areas where it does not have an impact on residential dwellings,'' he said in his submission.

The location was unique because it had many apartments looking on to it and it was unreasonable to be subjected to such a large-scale artwork that might not be to residents' liking.

He was also concerned the mural could result in an increase of graffiti in the area.

Graeme Martin submitted in favour of the mural, saying art could be ''refreshing and uplifting for the viewer''.

Street art was also an important feature and attraction for Dunedin, he said.

The resource consent application, submitted by DSA member Justin Cashell and building owner Susan Dovey, argued the mural would have a positive effect on the surrounding environment.

''The painting on the wall will bring additional colour and interest to the area and detract from the barren nature of the open air car park and the gap in the streetscape.

''The aim of these works is to lighten the area and make it a more welcoming place for visitors and all Dunedin residents,'' the application said.

In recommending consent be given, Ms Lord said any adverse effects were likely to be minimal and could be adequately mitigated.

- Vaughn Elder - Otago Daily Times

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