Mural brightens Titahi Bay
Plimmerton’s Xoe Hall is in hot demand with her artwork continuing to appear under bridges, on street corners, and even on the walls of community bus stops.
The latest mural, one of what she calls her ‘‘bus stop boutique’’ series, is part of a three-year project.
There is similar artwork in Aro Valley and Berhampore.
However, this one, in Main Rd, Titahi Bay, has a Porirua connection. It was inspired by people who attended the Titahi Bay fair in February.
‘‘For this mural I wanted to know what the locals wanted,’’ she said.
Hall set up a table at the fair so people could suggest what they wanted.
‘‘Some of them were pretty average, but some were spot on with what I had planned to do.’’
She said inspiration also came from what people were wearing on the day.
‘‘It’s just something nice for the community. After all they are the ones who have to see it every day.’’ The mural took three days to complete. Hall has been working with the graffiti reduction team at Porirua City Council recently, but has been doing murals around the country for some years.
‘‘It’s nice that people get to see my work, and it’s great to do stuff for the community,’’ Hall said.
Council graffiti reduction co-ordinator Richard Witheford- Smith said Hall’s work was part of the council’s plan to reduce graffiti and brighten up the community.
Other work will go up on the side of Dimock St dairy (by Ruth RobertsonTaylor) and on the Whitford Brown Community Trust Centre in Kapiti Cres ( Tracey Waters and Rudy Castaneda Lopez). Waitangirua and Cannons Creek have also had mural makeovers in the past two years. Hall keeps herself busy. She is hosting a workshop for children in Tawa, has also been asked to be part of a mural project in Auckland and is planning to hold her own exhibition this year.
‘‘I go a bit crazy if I don’t have something to do.’’