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River-themed mural to start this weekend

April 21st, 2015
[by David Armstrong]

Do you love those murals that have been painted recently in Motueka? Well, work on the next one in the series is starting this weekend.

The theme of the mural, to be painted on the wall of Whitwells Menswear, is "Te Awa - Our River", and it will depict what the Motueka River means to the whole of the Motueka area, for both Maori and pakeha.

The design, shown above without the colour, has the river running from the valley, overseen by Mt Arthur (Tuao Wharepapa) which is seen by Maori as the source of much of its water and stones.

As a collage superimposed over parts of the river are several images of activities in the river, from jumping off the bridge to paddling, whitebaiting and eeling.

The designer and team manager is Karin Fruhauf, an artist based in Lower Moutere, and as with the other murals it will be painted by all members of the community who come to the wall to lend a hand.

Work begins on Friday night April 14th from 6.00pm when the full image (above) is projected onto the wall and the outlines traced on in pencil, so that painters know where to apply paint in daytime.

The painting commences the following day at 1.00pm and through Sunday and Monday. All materials are provided, and painting of most of the image is easy for anyone who can hold a brush. Parts of it will be like 'painting by numbers', so no special artistic ability is needed.

Depending on speed of progress, the work will be done mainly on weekends, and if it cannot be completed before the worst of winter, final touches will be applied in spring.

The project is managed by Vision Motueka and all paint is provided free by Guthrie Bowron Motueka and Dulux.


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