Children’s imaginations let loose in mural
A striking mural that covers an entire wall of a classroom block at Porirua East School is expected to stand for generations.
Artists Rachel Bunefield and Emily Boonen, from Proactive Arts Collective, were involved from start to finish but insist the Room 8 students had the biggest input.
The mural took five full days to brainstorm, sketch and paint, undertaken in stages over five weeks, last term.
Ms Bunefield says the kids had plenty of ‘‘personal ownership’’ for an achievement that will be looked upon for generations.
‘‘We wanted the mural to reflect the community, which is one that’s strong with culture and history. At the end of the day this was about them [the school students] and we wanted to touch it as little as possible. It’s amazing, something they can come and see with their own grandkids in years to come.’’
Funding for the project came from Porirua City Council’s emergency management budget so it was themed on what would happen in a natural disaster.
‘‘We talked to the kids about what you need to get through, what things are important to you,’’ Ms Bunefield says.
Lasting impression: Porirua East School pupils, teachers and artists with the new mural which can be seen from Awatea St.