Story: Public and street art

Ian Curtis graffiti memorial, Wellington

Ian Curtis graffiti memorial, Wellington

In 1981 a memorial to Ian Curtis was painted on a retaining wall in Wellington's Wallace Street. Curtis, lead singer of the English band Joy Division, had committed suicide the previous year. The original memorial read 'Ian Curtis RIP' and was added to over time. In 2009 the Wellington City Council graffiti squad painted it out, but its fans retaliated, renewing the writing every time it was obliterated. A more substantial mural was created, and this was left alone by the council.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'Public and street art - Street art', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 June 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 22 Oct 2014