Chil­dren’s imag­i­na­tions let loose in mu­ral

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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