Four months tramping in the New Zealand bush isn't quite the creative preparation you'd expect from a Parisian artist who's more used to a can of spray paint than a compass.
But French sculptor and graffiti artist, Elparo says walking the length of New Zealand has given him plenty of time to meditate on the eye-catching creations he's bringing to Dunedin and Wellington this month.
You can catch Elparo live in Dunedin on Saturday 12th March, as he paints a graffiti mural especially for Dunedin Fringe.
He'll be in Wellington, the following week, in the three days leading up to the CubaDupa Festival, creating an original recycled wood sculpture in Te Aro Park.
He talks to Kathryn Ryan.