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.

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