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Otis Frizzell joins street art campaign

Jul 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Arts/Entertainment, Latest News, News

POLICE are launching a new street art campaign in Cuba St’s Left Bank with renowned street artist Otis Frizzell.

The stencil (above) is modelled on Kylie Schaare, a detective in the child protection team.

Tonight the image will come to life with the aid of a light installation projecting the image of an offender above the stencil.

“I’m amazed at Otis’ talent” says Ms Schaare. “It’s a bit unusual having a police recruitment campaign in such an urban environment but it’s turned out very good.”

Otis thinks that the campaign is very good, though he found it unusual that the police were approaching him to start with.

“But I’m down with the cops, they’re all good,” says Otis.

Otis compared the work to that of the notorious London street artist Banksy, who is renowned for using his satirical stencil street art as a means of social commentary.

“Graffiti is often seen as a common scourge, so we’re flipping convention on its head,” says Otis.

The campaign is targeting 18 to 25 year-olds and is looking for young professionals and those who look outside the square.

Ms Schaare has been a police officer for more than 12 years and has been a detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) for the past 10.

Otis and the street art will also be heading to Auckland and Christchurch where similar stencils will be painted.

In Christchurch the stencil will be of a policeman pulling two survivors out of earthquake rubble and in Auckland of two policewomen chasing offenders.

Otis Frizzell is the son of celebrated New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell.

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