Mural casts bright light on street art
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.