Taranaki-born artist Shannon Novak was working with Westpac when creative vision struck – what if he incorporated his artwork into the three enclosed bridges that join the two towers on Takutai Square in Auckland’s CBD?

Taranaki-born artist Shannon Novak was working with Westpac when creative vision struck – what if he incorporated his artwork into the three enclosed bridges that join the two towers on Takutai Square in Auckland’s CBD?

It was an idea that led to an ongoing relationship and close collaboration between the artist and Speedy Signs. This story demonstrates how a project can rapidly grow in impact when a professional bond, and the marrying of two crafts, come together.

Artistry At Work

Shannon Novak is a modern visionary. His compositions are ever-evolving, from painting on canvas, to large scale vinyl installations and the incorporation of augmented reality, adding a digital dimension to his work. He views the future as rife with possibilities, constantly pushing boundaries and growing his artistic hand. 

So, when Westpac commissioned his creative eye, they knew magic was in the making. His idea to transform the three enclosed bridges with his geometric inspired art blew them away. Westpac liked Novak’s idea so much they instantly got Speedy Signs on the job. Thus began the meeting of two professions and the start of a bond that would last.

When Vision Meets Precision  

When Peter Smythe of Speedy Signs’ Auckland CBD met Novak, he was struck by how passionate he was to bring his art to life, and how working with him seemed instinctive and easy.

They began the process with a precise measure-up of the glass panels, and over several days worked closely together to ensure his artwork would fit seamlessly. Accuracy was everything here.  Novak’s signature geometric designs were printed and then installed in 6 applications to the inside of the glass walls of each bridge. One wrong move and the pair would have to start over – at great expense. The pressure was on.

When the job was complete, the impact was beautiful.

No matter the time of day, from the outside the coloured glass shimmers, creating a warmth to the sometimes stark, cold area that just wasn’t there before. From the inside, you’re overwhelmed by the array of colours splashing your feet and the light bouncing off the glass walls.

The building became a site of inspiration; transformed from the obvious to the astounding, and it was all thanks to Novak’s creativity and Peter’s expert workmanship.

The First Of Many    

This project was only the beginning and is just one of a series of successful collaborations between Speedy Signs and Shannon Novak. The latest being his pyramid design installation on Waiheke Island for Sculpture on the Gulf. For this, Speedy Signs constructed the pyramid using polycarbonate, to which clear coloured film was then applied with LED lighting inside. Another vision brought to life.

Next, Speedy Signs paired with Novak to work on the window design for Waiheke Island’s Fenice restaurant, then again on the window artwork for one of the Fuller’s Auckland harbour ferries.

Together, Speedy Signs continues a collaboration of artistry and application throughout New Zealand. Long may it continue. Collaboration is at the heart of growth; only when we join forces with other talents, do we realise just what can be achieved. Novak’s and Speedy Signs’ work is a symbol of inspiration and empowerment to people as well as companies. It is no secret that art attracts crowds, which in turn attracts business, but first and foremost art should be enjoyed. It should be shared. “This is what motivates us and has kept us growing our signage portfolio for over 20 years,” says Smythe.

Inspired by Shannon Novak’s work? You can see more here or follow Shannon on Instagram at shannon_novak_. If you’re reading this and have a vision that you’d like us to bring to life, contact us today on 0800 SPEEDY.

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