Mu­rals bring colour to the rail­way line

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By DANIELLE STREET

TRAIN pas­sen­gers are on track for a more visu­ally stim­u­lat­ing ride fol­low­ing a Ki­wiRail ini­tia­tive to have rail cor­ri­dors en­hanced by aerosol artist Owen Dip­pie.

The state-owned en­ter­prise com­mis­sioned Mr Dip­pie to paint three rail­side mu­rals across Auck­land.

The first mu­ral popped up late last year just along from Morn­ing­side Sta­tion.

It pays homage to the clas­sic 1950s paint­ing The Chi­nese Girl by Vladimir Tretchikoff.

Mr Dip­pie says he has al­ways wanted to rein­ter­pret the im­age with spray­paint, so he teamed up with wood carver Hi­para Au­gust to cre­ate some­thing with an Aotearoa edge.

‘‘We al­ways ad­mired the orig­i­nal artist and we thought it would hit home with a lot of New Zealan­ders who through­out the 1970s had it hang­ing on their wall,’’ the Mt Maun­ganui artist says.

The sec­ond mu­ral found a home in Fe­bru­ary on Bruce McLaren Rd, Hen­der­son.

Mr Dip­pie says he de­cided to paint the For­mula One leg­end and then went on a scout for a good spot.

‘‘It was weird be­cause I had found the per­fect wall for it and then I went to write down the name of the road and it was Bruce McLaren Rd,’’ he says.

The photo-re­al­is­tic por­trait shows a side of McLaren not of­ten de­picted.

‘‘Most im­ages have his hel­met, but I thought it would be good to cap­ture a clas­sic pic­ture of the man him­self.’’

Rail cor­ri­dor up­keep co­or­di­na­tor Gill Evans says the project aims to de­ter tag­gers from ac­cess­ing the dan­ger­ous rail cor­ri­dor, while beau­ti­fy­ing the area.

Ms Evans says the com­pany is thrilled with the works that cel­e­brate dif­fer­ent gen­res, cul­tures and in­di­vid­u­als.

‘‘Owen re­lates his art­work di­rectly to the com­mu­nity around him and as a re­sult that art­work is re­spected by that com­mu­nity,’’ she says.

Mr Dip­pie vis­ited Auck­land last week to find the lo­ca­tion for his third mu­ral in South Auck­land.


Blue lady: Artists Owen Dip­pie and Hi­para Au­gust put the fin­ish­ing touches on their rail­side mu­ral in Morn­ing­side.

Race­car leg­end: An im­age of Bruce McLaren graces the side of a build­ing on Bruce McLaren Rd, Hen­der­son.

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