Rail sta­tion artists to ex­hibit

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By KARO­LINE TUCKEY

The vi­brant colour and de­sign of Porirua’s new rail­way sta­tion mu­rals will soon be on show at Pataka.

The 11 artists who con­trib­uted mu­rals to the sta­tion makeover early this year have been in­vited to take part in Off the Wall, an ex­hi­bi­tion at Pataka show­cas­ing a se­lec- tion of their other works.

Plim­mer­ton artist Xoe Hall says it’s an ex­cit­ing chance to get more of her paint­ing dis­played in her home town, and to show work that is a bit dif­fer­ent to the mu­rals.

‘‘They are dif­fer­ent to my mu­rals be­cause the things I paint in my own time’s my own style. Mu­rals are more sim­plis­tic, these pieces are re­ally some­thing else I think – ev­ery time I paint some­thing new emerges out of it.’’

The rail­way sta­tion ren­o­va­tion was a re­ward­ing pro­ject to be part of, she says, and has gen­er­ated a lot of pos­i­tive com­ment.

‘‘Street art and mu­rals are a good thing, a good feel­ing, and it gets a good re­sponse, it’s bet­ter than blank, bor­ing walls.

‘‘This whole place [the sta­tion], with all these artists and all these de­signs, it’s just good, a huge wow fac­tor. Peo­ple come through here and they are just like ‘wow, this is amaz­ing’. I feel proud.

‘‘The coun­cil de­cided to put the mu­rals up to give a lit­tle love and now they are get­ting it back – you have got to give some to get some back. I think it was a re­ally nice gift for the city.’’

Bright eyes: Paint­ings by Plim­mer­ton artist Xoe Hall will be on dis­play at Pataka soon as part of Off the Wall, an ex­hi­bi­tion of art by the mu­ral­ists who con­trib­uted to the Porirua rail­way sta­tion makeover ear­lier this year. Off the Wall opens on Thurs­day and runs un­til Au­gust 14.

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