Gold min­ing mu­ral tak­ing shape

Waihi Leader - - News - By CAR­MEN HALL [email protected]­hileader.co.nz

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.”

PHOTO/CAR­MEN HALL

Waihi artist Shane Walker who is paint­ing the mu­ral on Sed­don Street that is a trib­ute to gold min­ing.

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