Mu­ral casts bright light on street art

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

A bright new mu­ral from in-de­mand lo­cal artist Xoe Hall will have mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans smil­ing as they pass by on Mun­gavin Ave.

Com­mis­sioned by Porirua City Coun­cil, the nine-panel mu­ral is on the stone wall op­po­site the Shell petrol sta­tion.

It re­flects the di­ver­sity and colour in the im­me­di­ate area, Ranui Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion spokesper­son Lepeti Tea says.

Ideas for what it should de­pict were put for­ward at the Botham­ley Park fes­ti­val ear­lier this year. The panels high­light the sport­ing flavour at Porirua Park and the Mun­gavin net­ball courts, the dreams of young peo­ple and some of the vi­brant per­son­al­i­ties you might see.

‘‘It looks won­der­ful – it shows off the vi­brancy that ex­ists in Ranui. We have a cos­mopoli­tan com­mu­nity and wanted to re­flect that. I think Xoe has done a great job, we’re re­ally thrilled to have her do it.’’

Coun­cil’s graf­fiti co-or­di­na­tor Richard Withe­ford-Smith says the ‘‘op­por­tu­nity’’ and time was right to put up some­thing colour­ful on a drab wall, and the feed­back from res­i­dents has been very pos­i­tive.

In time for the Rugby World Cup, it is an­other colour­ful ad­di­tion as over­seas vis­i­tors come in to Porirua Park and the city.

Other panels could be added over time, he says.

Wel­come ad­di­tion: Ranui Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion spokesper­son Lepeti Tea with a cou­ple of the colour­ful char­ac­ters that adorn what was once a grey stone wall.

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