Mural brightens Titahi Bay
Ian Taylor has helped give an oldfashioned bus stop another life.
The Titahi Bay artist recently completed his mural on the front of the bus stop in Richard St, close to the intersection with Bay Drive.
The colourful depiction of people waiting for a bus and of local scenery took him about three weeks.
‘‘It was a great thing for me,’’ the semi-retired art teacher and big fan of Middlesbrough Football Club said.
‘‘People would stop and talk to me about it while I worked and would tell me it was good for the Bay.’’
Taylor, who has lived in the area for six years, is no stranger to making the city a bit brighter.
After an exhibition of his at Pataka, he was shoulder-tapped to paint murals at Porirua Railway Station, Titahi Bay Surf Life Saving Club, St Pius X School, the railway bridge at Paremata and Mungavin Park.
The bus stop was different to anything he had done before.
‘‘I was able to do some of the others at home, but for this you’re painting straight on,’’ he said.
‘‘I prefer this. People can see what you’re doing and get a feel for it as it’s happening.’’
The mural was part of a series that would be painted in the Bay this summer, the council’s graffiti reduction co- ordinator Richard Witheford-Smith said.
Others will go up on the side of the Dimock St dairy (by Ruth Robertson- Taylor), Park Ave walkway (Xoe Hall) and on the Whitford Brown Community Trust Centre in Kapiti Cres (Tracey Waters and Rudy Castaneda Lopez).
Cannons Creek had had the mural treatment in the past two years, Witheford-Smith said. ‘‘Porirua rates well in regards to graffiti when compared to other cities.
‘‘We think this is because of the combination of strategically placed murals, our school education programmes, engagement with community and the effective work of graffiti teams.
‘‘The murals are about more than reducing graffiti, though – they’re a great way to celebrate the special character of our different communities.’’
Last year one of the council’s murals in Cannons Creek, by Marc Spijkerbosch and Anthony June, won third prize in a national mural competition.
True fan: Diehard Middlesbrough Football Club fan Ian Taylor’s mural works – including this latest effort in Titahi Bay – always carry the tagline ‘‘up the Boro’’ along with his signature.