‘Mr G’ is sharing the love
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.