Colour­ful cen­ter­piece set for Wa­iau

Northern Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JONATHAN LEASK

Am­ber­ley’s Mar­got Korho­nen has pro­duced a large art­work that is set to brighten up the cen­tre of the Wa­iau next month.

Hav­ing com­pleted the ‘Love Hu­runui’ mu­ral in Am­ber­ley, Korho­nen was ap­proached by the Amuri His­tor­i­cal Society to pro­duce a sim­i­lar show­piece for the earth­quake-hit town.

‘‘They were look­ing for some­thing to brighten up the town cen­tre and give them some­thing new to look at it,’’ Korho­nen said.

Korho­nen went to Wa­iau and met with the group to dis­cuss what they would like to see re­flected in the mu­ral.

‘‘I ini­tially thought it would be earth­quake re­lated but they wanted it to be pos­i­tive and up­lift­ing.

‘‘These peo­ple are liv­ing it ev­ery day so don’t need a re­minder, so it is fo­cussed on the his­tory and the peo­ple of the area.’’

Af­ter fi­nal­is­ing a con­cept de­sign, Korho­nen be­gan paint­ing the 12m by 1.8m mon­ster mu­ral and, af­ter a bout of glan­du­lar fever slow­ing things down, she added the fi­nal touches this week.

‘‘It is get­ting framed and will get de­liv­ered next week.

‘‘Then it is up to them to hang it.’’

The mu­ral will hang on the Amuri His­tor­i­cal Society’s shed in the vil­lage green.

It is hope it will be up be­fore the earth­quake an­niver­sary on November 14.

With an­other pub­lic art­work com­pleted, Korho­nen is on the look­out for her next pro­ject.

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