Old building gets new look
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.