Nine-Story Art Challenge Lights Up Downtown Auckland

Aug 24. 2018

The power of the new Samsung Galaxy Note9 was put to the test last night with an epic nine-story tall art battle, using the outside of the M Social Hotel as a canvas. The stunning spectacle was all in celebration of the general release of the device to the public today. 

In a first for Auckland, two well-known Kiwi artists, Otis Frizzell and Callum Rooney, rose to the challenge of creating three-minute artworks entirely on the Galaxy Note9 – pitching their talents against each other rap-battle style. All artwork by the pair was produced in real-time using the S Pen, and was projected directly from the smartphone screen onto the building for the Auckland public to enjoy.

Following the artists show, well-known faces pitched their art skills against each other - lovebirds Art Green vs Matilda Rice, BMX champ Sarah Walker vs TV presenter Verity Johnson, Marty Rich from Jupiter Project vs travel influencer Logan Dodds and Gavin Correia from Jupiter Project vs photographer Ben Mikha.

“For me, it was really unusual to create an illustration with the Note9, because I’m a real old school ”inks on paper” kind of guy. But after only a couple of hours of practice I totally got the feel for it, and started to understand the possibilities. 

“It was pretty amazing to see the work I’d created on such a large scale! It’d usually take me days, or even weeks, to paint something of that scale, so seeing it happen instantaneously was awesome,” said Otis Frizzell.

“I got a real buzz seeing the scale of my work. The Galaxy Note9 has proven itself as a very flexible and powerful visual tool,” said Callum Rooney.

The evening concluded with a final display of art created by Otis and Callum, which explored their interpretations of power, inspired by the powerful performance features of the Galaxy Note9. Through Samsung’s social media channels, the New Zealand public will be able to vote on their favourite work. The winning art piece will appear on Samsung billboards and advertising around the country.

The Note9 is available on 2Degrees, Spark and Vodafone, and will be offered in Midnight Black, Metallic Copper with matching S Pen, and Ocean Blue with a Yellow S Pen (512GB Midnight Black only).

The Note9 has a recommended retail price of $1,699 NZD for the 128GB model, and $1,999 NZD for the 512GB model.

For more information about Galaxy Note9, visit the Samsung New Zealand website:


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