Mu­ral lights up city

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The el­e­ments have not been kind to two artists work­ing on a mu­ral in Porirua’s CBD, but their frus­tra­tions have been tem­pered by bril­liant com­mu­nity feed­back.

The mas­sive $11,000 mu­ral, on the side of the build­ing next to where the i-Site used to be, should be com­pleted in the com­ing weeks.

That’s de­pen­dent on this sum­mer’s fickle weather, with fre­quent wind and rain putting a halt to the work of Chloe Reweti and Ruth Robert­son-Tay­lor.

‘‘With projects of this scale and na­ture, weather is a real is­sue and at times it has been hard to have a con­sis­tent run of paint­ing,’’ Reweti said.

‘‘It has been frus­trat­ing and wind has played a fac­tor be­cause we are us­ing sten­cils.’’

The pair are no stranger to mu­rals, col­lab­o­rat­ing in 2012 with other artists for the Work in Progress ex­hi­bi­tion at Pataka.

The cur­rent work in the CBD was de­signed to com­ple­ment the new city cen­tre en­vi­ron­ment, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion scale, space, light, foot traf­fic and sur­round­ing ar­chi­tec­ture, Robert­son-Tay­lor said.

‘‘Sug­ges­tions in­cluded iconic sto­ries and places of Porirua and gave us a base to work from.’’

The per­spec­tive of chil­dren from Pa­pakowhai and Wai­tan­girua kinder­gartens was par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant, Reweti said.

The end re­sult, which cel­e­brates Porirua’s 50 years as a city, in­cludes mo­tifs of chore­og­ra­pher Neil Ieremia’s Black Grace, coastal views and de­signs in­spired by the kinder­garten chil­dren.

Robert­son-Tay­lor’s next ‘‘more modest’’ mu­ral project will be on a Ti­tahi Bay toi­let block.

The CBD mu­ral will be of­fi­cially opened on Fe­bru­ary 23, dur­ing the next night mar­ket.

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