Khy­ber Pass mu­ral to be un­veiled

Auckland City Harbour News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JAMES PASLEY

A sprawl­ing vol­canic-themed mu­ral is about to be un­veiled on Water­care’s Khy­ber Pass reser­voir.

New Zealand artist Sara Hughes spent over a week work­ing on the piece at the top of Mt Eden Rd.

Hughes had four work­ers as­sist­ing her so she could watch progress and so she didn’t have to spray the en­tire reser­voir by her­self.

‘‘I’ve needed to stand back and watch be­cause I need to see what’s hap­pen­ing,’’ Hughes said.

Al­though rain slowed the process, Hughes said she was ex­cited about the project and en­joyed peo­ple wan­der­ing up to her and ask­ing her about the piece.

The piece used 240 litres paint and is evoca­tive of Auck­land’s vol­canic land­scape.

The paint was dif­fer­ent from nor­mal aerosol spray cans, be­cause it con­tained low volatile or­ganic com­pounds which are sol­vents that get re­leased into the air as the paint dries.

Hughes said it didn’t pro­vide the same ‘‘fine de­tail’’ but it worked well har­ness­ing the rough­ness of the con­crete wall.

Al­though Hughes has worked on large pub­lic in­stal­la­tions be­fore, such as ‘Heat­wave’ in Fed­er­a­tion Square in Mel­bourne, this was the largest paint­ing she had un­der­taken.

The piece will be up from five to 10 years.

JAMES PASLEY/FAIRFAX NZ

New Zealand artist Sara Hughes has had four helpers spray paint­ing un­der her watch.

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