Mu­ral bright­ens Ti­tahi Bay

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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).

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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.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

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.

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