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Auckland's famous Karangahape Road will be lit up by new towering light-based banana-patterned artworks for the Karangahape Road Business Association's
First Thursday event on 6 July, 2017. Artist Janet Lilo has used her striking banana motif and sharp neon elements to illustrate Karangahape Road's melting pot of history, cultural heritage and community diversity.

“Change can be challenging, yet also rewarding; just like Karangahape Road journey which the light pole sculptures symbolise", says Janet Lilo

The artwork is mounted on three six-metre-high light poles on the Karangahape Road overbridge that were installed as part of Auckland Transport upgrade of the bus shelters on the bridge for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. Up until now the towering poles, which are part of Auckland Council's public art collection, have featured a pattern-based design by renowned Tongan artist, Filipe Tohi.

Michael Richardson, chairman of the Karangahape Road Business Association said, “We are really looking forward to the official launch of the light pole project at our First Thursday event on 6 July. These amazing sculptures are a true reflection of the Karangahape Road community, heritage and culture. Karangahape Rd is going through an exciting time of change, where old meets new and the eclectic combination of creativity and business are coming together."

'Don't Dream It's Over' by Janet Lilo, was funded by Auckland Council, and managed and delivered by the Karangahape Road Business Association in partnership with Auckland Council.