Mural colourful inspiration
The young designer behind a new mural at Mana College hopes it inspires his fellow students to stamp their mark in the community, as well as being a practical deterrent to taggers.
The faculty last week thanked all the year 9 students who helped create the vibrant work, a feature of the school’s new lower courtyard at its official unveiling.
Year 9 pupil Anthony Tonu’u won an informal competition earlier this year to design most of the mural. He said he included the things he loved about his school in the design.
‘‘My idea came from different talents Mana College [students] have. Mana College is known for the different sports, but especially for its strong rugby team.’’
He said it also represents the things I believe in’’.
‘‘The words that inspired my artwork were: inspiration, deter-
‘‘all mination and legacy. These are the words that keep me believing in myself, my life and my future.’’
Porirua City Council’s graffiti management co-ordinator Trevor Mason said the city pours $1.5 million into cleaning up tagging.
‘‘By painting beautiful murals like this one, we’re turning people off [putting] graffiti around the school. What it shows is there are people in this school with extraordinary art skills and they can be proud of what they’ve done.’’
Artistic flair: Year 9 Mana College student Anthony Tonu’u, right, designed a mural to brighten up the school’s new courtyard. His best mate Henry Kururangi, left, was one of the students who helped him paint it.