Waste of money or great artwork?

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Is it too bright, a waste of money or art that puts Porirua on the map?

The up­grade of the skatepark cost $45,000 - $17,000 for the artwork and $28,000 on prepa­ra­tion and main­te­nance of the area.

Re­sene Paints paid for the first round of paint­ing in Oc­to­ber and awarded the skatepark the pro­fes­sional mu­ral in the 2016 Re­sene Mu­ral Mas­ter Awards.

There were mixed re­sponses on Neigh­bourly when we asked what Porirua peo­ple thought of the new de­sign. One of the most pop­u­lar com­ments was the blue paint was rem­i­nis­cent of a pub­lic swim­ming pool. cer­tainly makes it stand out! I didn’t think it needed it though as the con­crete looked good any­way.

Now there are waves it is much eas­ier to tell where the change in con­tours are - a good ad­di­tion. Over­all I think it looks great, but the money prob­a­bly could have been bet­ter spent else­where.

JODY LILLEY FROM TAWA

Be­ing an ex-skater my­self, l can see why they say it’s too bright, be­cause it is, which ac­tu­ally makes it dan­ger­ous!

The last thing you need is bright light com­ing from the ground while try­ing to land a flip. Some­thing darker would have been bet­ter suited.

Or some beau­ti­ful local art, then it would have been a place ev­ery­one would have wanted to visit. It looks like a big drained swim­ming pool, or like the shal­low one they had in Up­per Hutt.

It’s now be­come a lot more tempt­ing for ‘hoods’ to tag. Such a big, clear can­vas.

I think it should be re­painted, and it would of made sense to ask the peo­ple that use it which colours would have suited, not spend so much on some­thing that’s not only an eye-sore, but worse a dan­ger to our skaters.

KATHRYN GRANIER FROM TAWA

It does look like a drained swim­ming pool with that blue. Crazy waste of money, if it’s now too bright.

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Mem­bers of the team that worked to up­grade Porirua’s skate park - from left, Mark Spi­jker­bosch, Porirua mayor Mike Tana, Moses Vil­iamu and Judy McKoy.

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