The Ono’u Tahiti graffiti festival is well underway, with news stations and locals flocking to the city of Papeete to get the scoop on what is one of the biggest art related events this island has seen. Between eating fresh fish and taking multiple swims in crystal clear waters, we have been zig-zagging between walls to keep up on the progress. While many of the artists invited to paint large-scale murals continue to labor through the long days with little shade from the beating sun, many of the competitors for this weekend graffiti contest have shown up and began sprinkling Papeete with color. Mast, Asend, Dize, Berst, Dvate, Phat1 and local writer Sajme all dropped some stand out pieces in town, with plenty of other writers creating quality work as well. Check back tomorrow for our continued coverage.
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All photos courtesy of Austin McManus
The festival primarily aims to become a major international rendez-vous for urban contemporary art located in the heart of the South Pacific Ocean.
For its first edition, ONO’U will gather over forty international graffiti writers coming from around world (France, England, Australia, Chile, Denmark, USA, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand…) alongside local graffiti writers.
Among this group of artists, some of today’s living legends of the graffiti worldwide scene will be especially traveling to the mythical island of Tahiti to create amazing wall murals and unique frescoes.
For this week-long celebration of graffiti art, colors and creativity, over 1500 sqm of walls will be installed and painted by day and by night on the iconic site of Place Toata, facing the harbor of Papeete and magical island of Moorea."