Artist paints incredible Chris Cornell tribute mural on Auckland Rockshop's wall

The side of K Road's Rockshop has received its latest fallen musical star mural, with Chris Cornell of Soundgarden now gracing it.

Paul Walsh, who also did the Auckland utility box designs, put seven hours into the work and completed it on Sunday - just four days after Cornell passed away on Wednesday.

"Chris Cornell had a huge impact, both as a songwriter and as a musician," Mr Walsh told 1NEWS today.

It's the ninth mural by Mr Walsh on the wall, with past designs including musical giants, as well as local talents.

A David Bowie mural on the side of the Karangahape Road Rockshop by Paul Walsh
A David Bowie mural on the side of the Karangahape Road Rockshop by Paul Walsh Source: Supplied

"Last year was particularly bad - we had the two big icons of course, Bowie and Prince," Mr Walsh said.

A Prince mural on the side of the Karangahape Road Rockshop by Paul Walsh
A Prince mural on the side of the Karangahape Road Rockshop by Paul Walsh. Source: 1 NEWS

"Sadly it is about the time when a lot of musicians from that generation, they've lived pretty hard lives - the rock and roll lifestyle doesn't lend itself to a long life, so there could be more this year ... let's not try and blame the year though."

The wall has been the home of nine murals since 2013 and the public reception has been positive.

"It's always kind of bittersweet - people like it, but at the same time it's tainted with sadness because we know that a great musician has passed," Mr Walsh said.

A Leonard Cohen mural on the side of the Karangahape Road Rockshop by Paul Walsh
A Leonard Cohen mural on the side of the Karangahape Road Rockshop by Paul Walsh. Source: 1 NEWS

"The Prince one was especially hard, and Leonard Cohen was up there a little while ago ... he was a personal hero of mine, so I definitely shed a few tears doing that one."

Cornell was best known for his grunge rock band Soundgarden which rose to fame in the 90s, and later with super group Audioslave.

He took his own life at the age of 52 in a hotel room in Detroit, Michigan.

The mural, which faces a cemetary, depicts the rock star, who was known as the voice of Soundgarden and Audioslave. Source: 1 NEWS



Fraudster Alex Swney to be released from prison after serving less than half his sentence

Disgraced former Heart of the City boss Alex Swney is to be released from prison less than half way through his five year, seven month sentence.

The businessman, who swindled around $2.5million from the Auckland business group because he felt he didn't get paid enough, will be subject to special conditions for two years.

These include not being involved in any business or community organisation except as an employee, without approval from his probation officer.

Nor is he allowed to handle the financial affairs of any person or entity without his probation officer's say so.

Swney is likely to work within a family business.

Alex Swney appears in court. Source: 1 NEWS

TODAY'S
FEATURED STORIES

'A toke on marijuana is incredibly different from having a go at P' - Paula Bennett says Kiwis should lay off meth

A marijuana shortage in some parts of New Zealand is increasing demand for the drug P, says the Police Minister.

Paula Bennett says anecdotal evidence shows it’s been a "bad growing season" for the drug in some areas of the country and that’s made P more attractive.

"Can I just say to every New Zealander that's thinking that…a bit of a toke on marijuana is incredibly different to a toke on P. One toke and you’re addicted," Mrs Bennett told reporters.

She was answering questions about police figures showing the popularity of P continuing to grow.

She couldn't say which areas of the country had faced the growing shortages.

A marijuana shortage in some parts of New Zealand is increasing demand for the drug P, says the Police Minister. Source: 1 NEWS