"We captured the hearts and imagination of Dunedin, and its grown like topsy since then," said Scott Muir of the Street Art Project to Newshub recently.
Over 30 pieces of street art now dot the walls of the central city, featuring work of both local artists and some big international names.
A UK urban artist recently completed his second piece of work, just down the street from where Poland's NeSpoon was painting one of her trademark lace designs.
One artist comes to Dunedin, and tells another artist what a great town it really is, how friendly and welcoming local people are (and they really are, because I lived there in the mid 60's as an early twenty something). They love all that as well as the experiences of being able to put a piece of their own art on local walls
A local trust coordinates all the different works, liasing with the various artists and the building owners. Many of the latter were initially a little apprehensive about offering up their blank walls to mystery artists.
There was one particular building owner who considered anything on a wall as graffiti and would be a serious problem. But Dunedin Street Art Project agents have convinced him and other dubious building owners of the value of having street art on their buildings.