Completed a few days ago, this mural now decorates the north side of Mahara Place. One of the items on the agenda of the first meeting of the new Waikanae Community Board last November was a presentation by two artists who had ideas for decorating the former Waikanae Library building to change what had been made a dark uninviting space by the dark blue-grey wall coating applied last September (see the post at the time) into something that would enhance the area in keeping with the makeover that the open area of the quadrangle had received in 2019.
The council’s Public Art Panel offered to pay most of the cost of the mural on the closed Library building and Geoffrey and Margaret were the board’s liasons. The concepts were discussed with Kate Hartmann (who ran the former Tutere Gallery) and Ruth Robertson-Taylor, an experienced muralist doing a Masters Degree at Massey on Public Art. With the board’s approval in January, the project was on, although the need to get help from Resene and Wellington Scaffolding — and then the Lockdown — meant the work was delayed.
This information panel on the side of the building explains what it is all about (click for full view).