Art for Auckland Light Rail

We engaged three local artists to create pieces that represent what Light Rail could mean for their communities along the corridor, and for Auckland City.

The first two artworks were created live during our events at Māngere Town Centre Market and Otara Market.

Due to lockdown, the final live painting at Avondale Market on Saturday 29th August couldn’t go ahead – but that didn’t stop us or our artist! You can watch the whole mural creation in Jonny’s studio from start to finish on timelapse. The video features Jonny’s commentary, providing insights into the piece, his process and thoughts about Light Rail for Auckland.


Jonny4Higher is an Auckland mural artist whose work features the landscapes, people and cultures of Auckland, and this can be found in numerous public, private and corporate spaces along the Light Rail corridor including councils, cafes, universities, schools and private residences. 

Learn more about Jonny and his work at

Created by Michel Mulipola for Auckland Light Rail at the Māngere Town Centre Market, Saturday 17 July.

Commute/Community created at Māngere Town Centre Market by Michel Mulipola for Auckland Light Rail.

Michel is an accomplished comic book artist, professional wrestler and Tekken player from Māngere, Auckland. Michel created this piece of artwork live onsite at the Māngere Markets on the 17 July. Michel wanted to bring to life the diversity within the community - his art depicts a mixture of different cultures and aged people inside the Light Rail tram. Learn more about Michel and his work here.

“Te Ara”
Created by Marcus Winter for Auckland Light Rail at the Otara Market, Saturday 24 July.

Te Ara, created at Otara Market on 24 July by Marcus Winter for Auckland Light Rail

Te Ara uses the Koru shape to illustrate the journey from one place to another, with specific reference to the Waitemata and Manukau harbours and the communities and environments located between them. The sweep of the koru suggests speed and flow.

Marcus’ art utilises a range of media including sand and mural. With a passion for his culture and country, Marcus seeks to preserve his background through art. For Te Ara, Marcus used spray cans acrylic paints and stencils. Learn more about Marcus and his artwork here.