Wall trans­formed

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By NI­COLA STE­WART

A wall that has been the tar­get of tag­gers for many years has been trans­formed into a work of art.

Two graf­fiti artists have spent the past six week­ends trans­form­ing the side wall of Mata­mata Hire into a piece of street art.

The care­fully de­signed mu­ral de­picts well- known Mata­mata icons such as the Firth Tower, Wairere Falls, the clock tower and Cen­ten­nial Drive.

Artists Arini Pul­lan, 20, and Re­bekah Sands, 23, were con­tracted by the Mata­mata Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil as part of the My Tag My Town scheme.

‘‘We were work­ing on our own project paint­ing walls around the North Is­land, so when we heard about the coun­cil’s plan we jumped on board,’’ said Mr Pul­lan.

‘‘There’s been a goal in mind and we’ve been able to work to­gether. I’m re­ally im­pressed, they have given us a lot of creative free­dom.’’

The My Tag My Town ini­tia­tive, which was fully funded by the Min­istry of Jus­tice, in­cluded graf­fiti aware­ness classes at pri­mary schools, graf­fiti art com­pe­ti­tions and mu­rals in Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha.

The de­sign for the mu­ral was in­spired by en­tries in the graf­fiti art com­pe­ti­tion.

The ob­jec­tive of the My Tag My Town project is to re­duce graf­fiti van­dal­ism and to en­cour­age youth to take pride in their com­mu­ni­ties. Mr Pul­lan started off tag­ging words on build­ings and said he still uses fun­da­men­tals of tag­ging in his graf­fiti art. ‘‘I still have a thing for text and ty­pog­ra­phy. I used the word Mata­mata as a base for the de­sign and then in­cor­po­rated the other el­e­ments into the let­ters.’’

Tagged: Artist Arini Pul­lan look­ing over his sketches at the site of the Mata­mata My Tag My Town mu­ral.

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