Rail station artists to exhibit
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.