Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Pink and White Terraces mural for inner city street corner

26 March 2014

Pink and White Terraces mural to adorn inner city street corner

A large mural is being painted in the central city as part of Rotorua’s Inner City Revitalisation programme.

Artists Jacob Chrisohoou and Jonny4higher are spray painting their aerosol artwork directly on to the walls of a prominent blue two-storey building on the corner of Tutanekai and Pukuatua streets, while passers-by enjoy the watching the mural unfold.

The finished artwork will depict Rotorua’s historic Pink and White Terraces, often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world until its dramatic destruction in the 1886 Tarawera eruption.

Rotorua’s Inner City Focus Group chairman, Mike Steiner, said his group was very excited that the project was underway.

“This has been a few months in the planning, but the Pink and White Terraces mural will no doubt become a popular draw card for locals and visitors to the inner city.”

Rotorua District Council community arts officer, Marc Spijkerbosch, said the mural will form part of a living sculpture trail that to help breathe life back into the heart of the city while telling Rotorua’s unique stories.

“The council put out a nationwide call for interested artists two months ago and received 12 fantastic submissions from across New Zealand. Judges unanimously selected the collaborative design of local artist Jacob Chrisohoou and colleague Jonny4higher from Auckland. Their work is really going to light up the middle of town and kick things into life. We’re keen to keep the momentum going and we’re currently looking at other sites to follow suit,” he said.

District councillor Karen Hunt, who is portfolio lead for the district’s Inner City Revitalisation strategy, said the project was one way of bringing high foot-traffic areas to life by making use of strategic buildings to acknowledge and celebrate Rotorua’s rich heritage and culture.

“It’s also an ideal way to highlight some of the talented artists we have within our community,” Ms Hunt said.

Rotorua artist Jacob Chrisohoou said the pair’s vision was to bring memories of the Pink and White Terraces out of dusty books and forgotten folklore and to celebrate their glory in a bold and colourful mural.

“People once travelled long and treacherous journeys to marvel at this miraculous attraction yet, sadly, nowadays very few people from outside our country would even be aware they ever existed. We imagine re-starting the conversation and bringing that awe-inspiring environment back into the minds of visitors and locals alike.”

The inner city mural is expected to be completed next week.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news