Facelift for closed train sta­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Bruce Free­stone has been slow­ing trains down at Muri sta­tion.

The Pukerua Bay artist got ap­proval last year from Welling­ton Re­gional Coun­cil and a grant from Porirua City Coun­cil to put some colour on the side of a build­ing on the south­bound side of the closed train sta­tion.

Three weeks ago he ap­plied the fin­ish­ing touches to his mu­ral, Ac­cents of An­gels (& other sto­ries).

‘‘I was walk­ing the dog here last year and thought it would be a great wall for me to paint on. I’m re­ally grate­ful that the [two coun­cils] took a chance on this.

‘‘I’m very sat­is­fied with what I’ve come up with. It’s big and it’s on a route popular with walk­ers.’’

The mu­ral de­picts a child – based on his daugh­ter, Cal­lista – blow­ing seeds from a dan­de­lion. As the seeds dis­perse, they be­come icons of lan­guage.

Mayan, Chi­nese, He­brew and Egyptian sym­bols are shown along­side mod­ern sym­bols like Google and the re­cy­cling logo.

‘‘The cen­tral idea is the power and po­tency of hu­man in­ter­ac­tion – it’s about com­mu­ni­ca­tion.’’

The path along­side the dis­used sta­tion could even­tu­ally be­come part of the na­tional Te Araroa walk­way.

Free­stone said tourists, Pukerua Bay res­i­dents and even the oc­ca­sional train driver gave him pos­i­tive feed­back while he was at work.

He also drew the fish at the sub­urb’s skatepark.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Bruce Free­stone with his mu­ral on the side of the dis­used build­ing at the dis­used Muri sta­tion.

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