Old build­ing gets new look

Auckland City Harbour News - - FRONT PAGE -

A LICK of paint has trans­formed the Grey Lynn RSC ahead of its World War I com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Grey Lynn artists Dan Tip­pett and Dar­ryl Thom­son, also known as DLT, have just fin­ished work on large-scale mu­rals de­pict­ing mer­chant sea­men re­turn­ing from war, a Maori bat­tal­ion and a lone bu­gler, on the out­side of the build­ing. RSCs were first cre­ated to cater for the Mer­chant Navy when those re­turn­ing from over­seas were not able to join RSA clubs. The club has wanted to brighten up the cen­tury-old Fran­cis St build­ing for years, com­mit­tee mem­ber Jane Jack­son says.

The mu­ral was partly funded by the Waitem­ata Lo­cal Board from its WW1 cen­te­nary bud­get. A rib­bon­cut­ting cer­e­mony and bless­ing will be held to­mor­row to cel­e­brate the new look.

‘‘It was very beige and we were just try­ing to think of the right thing to do so that it was some­thing for the com­mu­nity and some­thing that was spe­cial to us,’’ Jack­son says.

‘‘A lot of peo­ple used to walk past the build­ing and didn’t know what was be­hind the fa­cade be­cause of the way it was built.’’

The rib­bon cut­ting will take place at 1 Fran­cis St, Grey Lynn to­mor­row, Fe­bru­ary 28, at 10.45am.

Mu­ral crew: Grey Lynn artists Dan Tip­pett and Dar­ryl Thom­son, AKA DLT, with Grey Lynn RSC trea­surer Wayne Baird.

In mem­ory: Grey Lynn RSC mu­ral de­pict­ing mer­chant sea­men re­turn­ing from war, a Maori bat­tal­ion and a lone bu­gler.

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