Dairy art­work lifts Bay spir­its

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A sum­mer with­out graf­fiti has put smiles on the faces of Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dents who or­gan­ised to have a dairy be­come an artist’s can­vas.

A mu­ral, painted by Antz June, has put a stop to chronic tag­ging on the Pikarere St dairy. Mr June has cel­e­brated the beach, bush and the Bay’s street names in his mu­ral, which de­picts a tui, fish and Maori and Pakeha fish­er­men work­ing to­gether.

The mu­ral was driven by a res­i­dents’ group which ‘‘adopted’’ the dairy un­der a Porirua City Coun­cil scheme.

‘‘They were sick of see­ing tags on there, they wanted a mu­ral and they ap­proached me,’’ Mr June says.

The coun­cil paid for the mu­ral to be painted.

The mu­ral was pop­u­lar from the minute Mr June be­gan paint­ing in De­cem­ber, he says. ‘‘Just work­ing on it you heard the toots and the waves. A lot of peo­ple re­spect it.’’

The tagged dairy was a downer to see ev­ery day, res­i­dent Ali­son Watts says.

‘‘We just got so sick of see­ing the huge hor­ri­ble tags on the side of the build­ing, hav­ing to drive past ev­ery day kind of gets you down.’’

The mu­ral is now a Bay land­mark, she says.

An­other mem­ber of the ‘‘ adopt-as­pot’’ group, Bill Al­lan, hopes the Piko St dairy can be tack­led next.

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