The rain couldn’t keep the crowds away from Neighbourhood Bar, they packed in shoulder to shoulder under canvas awning to watch eight of Auckland’s finest street artists go head-to-head in the final New Zealand qualifying round of Red Bull Wreckers Yard.
In each round two artists were given a theme, 60 seconds to visualise their creation and a tense 12 minutes of spraying to get it all on canvas for judges Adam Bryce (Creator of Slam X Hype), Matt Dowman (Artist & tutor at Whitecliff) and Chey Ataria (skater, designer & director of ABC).
The crowd watched in awe as the talented artists battled it out canvas after canvas. The process of elimination lead to semi finals where Enu and Gasp battled it out to the theme of ‘Music’ with Enu coming out on top. In the second semi Cinzah and Liam Moore had to interpret ‘Nature’ with Cinzah winning a place in the finals against Enu.
The final match was set with the theme ‘Chance’. The painting time was extended to 15 minutes giving the artists more time to create their last masterpieces. Enu tossed a lucky coin onto the canvas in a flurry of Ironlak fumes. Cinzah took on a water theme with a sink or swim message hitting his canvas. It was Cinzah who got the nod from the judges and the crowd, riding his wave to Red Bull Wreckers Yard victory!
Cinzah’s artwork won him Ironlak paints, Skullcandy premium headset and a limited edition G-shock watch, as well as return flights and accommodation to Melbourne for the Red Bull Wreckers Yard Grand Final on June 25th. Cinzah will compete with YELZ (Wellington Red Bull Wreckers Yard winner) and the qualifiers from each Australian round where they will hope to be crowned the Wreckers Yard Trans-Tasman Champion.