Khyber Pass mural to be unveiled
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.
New Zealand artist Sara Hughes has had four helpers spray painting under her watch.