Shops to get artists’ touch
The Cannons Creek shops are in for a graffiti makeover – of a positive kind – following the graduation of a group of young people from a Porirua City Council-sponsored course.
With money from the PCC graffiti reduction fund, Jacob Burns and Nick Macdonald of GM Design ran graffiti art classes at the Opportunity Centre during February and March. One goal from the course was to replace tagging in the shopping area with the street-art style.
The council’s graffiti management co- ordinator Richard Witheford- Smith says this would be much more appealing to shop owners and the public. He was impressed with the young artists’ work and some would be erected on shop fronts.
‘‘They worked very hard over the eight weeks and through
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett with some of the talented street artists at their course graduation on April 5. several weekends to create a number of options of street artwork. The boys have had to learn that what they create for their own enjoyment and what they create for a customer are sometimes different – it’s part of the discipline of being an artist.’’