For some time now I have been collecting photos of things I call Urban Jewels. The name refers to the way art or design elements in public space can be seen as jewels set into the fabric of the city. Urban Jewels help to make urban space a little ‘richer’.

One of my goals for this project is to round out what I know about why and how these urban jewels come about, based on information from actual examples. I aim to share this information with both potential creators (designers, artists, et.c.) and instigators (councils, property owners, architects and urban designers).

I will be posting photos of urban jewels from my collection to date and as I find them.

Most photos will be from New Zealand / Aotearoa. I’m interested in what my culture can add to my surroundings. I’ll be posting links to projects from over seas as well to give a larger sense of what is possible.

If you have further information about any of the works displayed on this site, or have an example you would like to see listed, I would love to hear about it. Email me lily.linton at gmail dot com.

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