Bird mural for Plimmerton
Colourful birds will soon be flocking to Plimmerton’s rail underpass after nearly 50 local children spent part of their holidays creating two vibrant new murals.
The project was funded by the Plimmerton Residents’ Association and Porirua City Council, with the aim of creating two murals promoting bird life and the importance of pest control.
Artist Rachel Benefield and 49 children took part in sessions during the first week of the school holidays.
‘‘The local children were so excited to be a part of this project. Their enthusiasm was wonderful to witness and I overheard lots of great feedback like, ‘this is the best thing I’ve ever painted’, and ‘I can’t believe I made this’.’’
Benefield said as well as learning 3D painting techniques, making a public artwork was great for children’s creative self-esteem.
‘‘The public display of the murals means their efforts are not just going to end up on the fridge or their bedroom wall.
‘‘It was very exciting for them to know that thousands of strangers would see their creations on display for years to come.’’
Plimmerton’s Tom Henderson, 8, was proud to play his part in creating the mural.
‘‘It was fun and creative and I really like knowing that I’ve done something to help make Plimmerton beautiful,’’ he said.
His little brother Joe, 6, enjoyed trying some new painting methods.
‘‘I really liked using the rollers. It was the fourth best day of my life.’’
Residents’ association member Carolyn Williams said she was delighted with the process and the result.
‘‘Congratulations to all the young artists who worked so hard to create the two beautiful murals.’’
Council city partnerships manager Robyn Steel said the project was a team effort.
‘‘It had the perfect blend of community initiative, artistic input and the enthusiasm of local children which lead to a beautiful result, with a great environmental message.’’
Artist Rachel Benefield and young artists, Joe Henderson, 6, Tom Henderson, 8, Frida Morley-Hall, 8 and Ellie Keene, 7.