I find murals inexplicably boring, usually they are just happy scenes of city landmarks, weird symbolism or zany graffiti-inspired creations that could really be anywhere in the world. Usually they are just boring.
What I do find exciting, however, is something really unique and collaborative. Something like the MindMap project on The Wintec Wall by artist Kim Paton.
Kim got contributions from the public of words that they thought of when thinking about the city and from these contributions grew a mindmap unique to Hamilton. This video from the Wintec SPARK international festival media, arts & design shows the mindmap being put up over two days and is brilliantly mesmerizing.
This temporary project will be up until January the 30th 2013, but hopefully will be the start of many more unique public art projects. It is definitely an idea to check this out before it gets removed, even just to see the unexpected ways which Hamiltonians think about words and their city.
For more information including the history of the wall and a digital version of the mindmap check out http://mindmap.net.nz/