‘Mr G’ is shar­ing the love

South Waikato News - - Front Page -

Pos­sum gloves, a bal­a­clava, and plenty of aroha were present as Kiwi artist Gra­ham Hoete worked on his Pu­taruru mu­ral.

Hoete [also known as Mr G], spent last week in freez­ing con­di­tions de­pict­ing Pu­taruru’s Blue Spring, a forestry scene and an owl on the side of the Farm­lands’ build­ing.

It was of­fi­cially un­veiled on Satur­day, to the de­light of a large crowd that had gath­ered.

The mu­ral is one of 15 Hoete has been com­mis­sioned to do for Farm­lands through­out the coun­try as part of the co­op­er­a­tive’s HEART of the Com­mu­nity project. So far mu­rals have also been done in Paeroa and In­ver­cargill.

‘‘To the Pu­taruru lo­cals, much love man. I have been feel­ing the love all week ex­cept for the weather which was re­ally chal­leng­ing,’’ Hoete said.

‘‘I was rugged up, es­pe­cially on Thurs­day and Fri­day. It was cold and wet man and I had my pos­sum gloves on, my bal­a­clava, and my wet weather gear but I still got it done, no muck­ing around.’’

‘‘It has turned out beau­ti­ful and we thor­oughly en­joyed the whole week,’’ he said.

South Waikato Dis­trict mayor Jenny Shat­tock, who was born in Pu­taruru, said the project was an ‘‘in­no­va­tive ini­tia­tive’’ which would show­case Pu­taruru to the world.

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