Mu­ral bright­ens Ti­tahi Bay

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

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.’’

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