Gold mining mural taking shape
An impressive gold mining mural which pays tribute to Waihi’s history is gathering a lot of attention as it continues to take shape.
The 30m mural on Seddon Street has been commissioned by Alton Drilling and it hopes the mural would become a major attraction for the town.
Waihi artist Shane Walker who is painting the mural says it’s a privilege to be involved with the project.
“It’s pretty cool to do something in my hometown.”
He has completed other murals in Waihi but says this one has major significance for the district and is his biggest work to date.
Scenes of modern times and flashbacks from Waihi’s gold mining past were being captured on the mural.
Alton Drilling Director Cory Ibbotson says the concept had been in the pipeline for about three months.
“We wanted to do something for the community.”
Feedback so far had been positive, he said.
“I am impressed how the mural is coming along. It’s awesome and the feedback we are getting is great and that makes it well worthwhile.”
The timeline on the mural covered the early days the depression, the war and miner strikes right through to mine’s current underground status.
Being on the main highway into Waihi also had its benefits, he says.
“Hopefully it will make people want to stop and have a look, so that has to be good.”
OceanaGold senior community advisor Kit Wilson says it supplied a number of photographs for Shane to work from and to provide inspiration and ideas.
“Mining is a big part of this town and a big part of Waihi’s economy, with over 350 people being directly employed by OceanaGold and Alton Drilling. We think it is highly appropriate that this is recognised in the very impressive mural on Alton Drilling’s building.”
Waihi artist Shane Walker who is painting the mural on Seddon Street that is a tribute to gold mining.