Mu­ral brings touch of na­ture to Pop-Up Park

Bay of Plenty Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A huge four-pan­elled 3D land­scape mu­ral ti­tled Devon­port Re­serve has been un­veiled in Down­town Tau­ranga’s Pop-Up Park.

The mu­ral was hand painted by renowned lo­cal and na­tional artist Shane Walker and com­mis­sioned by Main­street Tau­ranga in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Tau­ranga City Coun­cil.

The mu­ral, which in­cludes na­tive bush scenes of kauri trees, nat­u­ral wa­ter sources and a large weta, was cre­ated by Walker over the past few months. Walker, 29, said the four 2.4m wide and 2.8m high sets of pan­els which formed the mu­ral were part of an on­go­ing project to re­ju­ve­nate the Pop-Up Park.

“I wanted to create a makeshift re­serve which would bring some of our beau­ti­ful na­ture back into the city cen­tre and create an oa­sis area where peo­ple can come and spend some time to de-stress and un­wind,” Walker said.

“I find land­scapes have a very calm­ing ef­fect, and with all the con­struc­tion go­ing in Down­town Tau­ranga, I think it’s the per­fect place for peo­ple to come and take a break.” Main­street Tau­ranga spokes­woman Mil­lie Ne­witt said the mu­ral was a “fan­tas­tic” ad­di­tion to the city cen­tre’s art ex­pe­ri­ence and she hoped it would be en­joyed by many peo­ple.

“In cities across the world largescale art­works have a place in cre­at­ing unique ex­pe­ri­ences and in beau­ti­fy­ing spa­ces, and Tau­ranga now has such a wealth of these large-scale art­works,” Ne­witt said.

To find out more about Walker’s other art­works, go to his Face­book page.

PHOTO / AN­DREW WARNER

Renowned artist Shane Walker with his Devon­port Re­serve mu­ral which has been help­ing re­vi­talise the Pop-Up Park in Devon­port Rd.

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