Art flut­ters on to wall

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By JESS LEE

A SEC­TION of one in­ner-city sub­urb is to go from bat­tle­ship-grey to bright with but­ter­flies.

Kings­land’s un­sightly fly­over wall on the cor­ner of Bright St and Aitken Tce will be trans­formed by artist Kate Milling­ton with a kowhai flower and but­ter­fly de­sign.

Three other artists also pitched their ideas to dec­o­rate the 300 square-me­tre wall in a res­i­dent-led project to cap­ture the his­tory of the area and deter van­dals ( Auck­land City Har­bour News, Fe­bru­ary 14).

But it was Milling­ton’s work which re­ceived the most votes dur­ing a Face­book cam­paign.

Milling­ton sees the wall ev­ery day as she walks to work and says she looks for­ward to trans­form­ing it.

The Bright St res­i­dent of­ten de­picts but­ter­flies in her work. The wings of the but­ter­flies in the de­sign are formed from kowhai flow­ers and seed pods.

‘‘The kowhai flower is an eas­ily recog­nis­able New Zea- land icon, cho­sen to rep­re­sent the en­vi­ron­ment and the com­mu­nity gar­den op­po­site the wall,’’ she says.

‘‘This in­ner-city oa­sis is home to many but­ter­flies, in­sects and birds.’’

The Al­bert-Eden Board pro­vided a Lo­cal $2000 grant to sup­port the project last year. Milling­ton will now work with or­gan­is­ers to fundraise for the project.

Win­ning de­sign: Left, artist Kate Milling­ton’s kowhai flower and but­ter­fly de­sign was cho­sen by the pub­lic as the de­sign they would like to see trans­form a fly­over in Kings­land. Bright side: Be­low, res­i­dents led a cam­paign to spruce up a grey wall in Kings­land to cap­ture the his­tory of the area and deter van­dals.

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