Facelift for closed train station
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.
Bruce Freestone with his mural on the side of the disused building at the disused Muri station.