Saturday, February 25

inspiration downtown

Its not often I feel inspired when visiting the city. The fowl smell of petroleum exhaust and the noise tends to make me want to do my business and head home.

But I was met by this image on arrival at the downtown intersection. I was not dissappointed when I wandered through to see the array of giant images.

Coexistence: Political Art in Auckland's Britomart
The manifestation of his dream for a better world where races and cultures learn to live side by side in coexistence has affected and inspired millions of people world-wide. Israel’s Raphie Etgar arrives in New Zealand on February 5 to curate Coexistence, the 44-piece exhibition of giant, thought-provoking posters featuring compelling images by international artists.

Etgar, the founder of the unique Museum on the Seam in Jerusalem, initiated the exhibition in 2000 “motivated by the growing need to make it possible for more and more people to acknowledge the right of others to exist and to think differently”.

“Coexistence is more than a concept and more than a popular idea for our new global culture,” Etgar says. “It involves changing our lives and changing the way we think. Coexistence is not necessarily learning to live together but perhaps learning to live side by side.”

A former leading poster artist in Israel and in-house artist for one of Germany’s most prestigious publishing houses, Etgar is deeply committed to promoting greater peace and justice in the world.

“What is happening today all over the world is a cycle that cannot be broken without brave and inspired leaders who must solve the problems with generosity, mutual understanding and non-violent thinking.”

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