Colourful centerpiece set for Waiau
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.