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Hamilton Students' Artwork Brightens Up Clinic

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Date: 25 August 2008

Hamilton Students' Artwork Brightens Up Clinic

Maeroa Intermediate added a touch of colour to the Children's Clinic at Waikato Hospital today when students presented four murals they had created for the area.

Clinic staff approached the school last year and briefed the students on the need for bright artwork that would suit a wide range of children from infants to young adults.

Maeroa's solution presented today is four large, colourful murals that not only depict the typical Kiwi lifestyle but also represent the key customers of the area - Waikato children.

Clinical director of general paediatrics David Newman was very grateful to the students for their hard work and thanked them at a special morning tea held today for the students.

"Thank you for doing this for us and for the kids of Waikato.

"We are very impressed with the artistic talent you have all shown and I thank you again for creating this asset for our department," he said.

Mr Newman added that the murals would remain with the clinic and travel to whatever new location they may move to in the near future.

Last year, the students visited the clinic to measure the space and look around the area to create a theme and design suitable artwork for the walls.

A group of students that worked on the artwork attended the morning tea and explained the meaning behind each mural.

The four murals each have a theme - kiwiana, under the sea, follow the maze and balloons in the sky.

The students explained the meaning of each to hospital staff today.

The kiwiana mural, broken down into jigsaw pieces based on photos represents New Zealand with green grass, hungry cows, jandals and a tomato sauce bottle featuring.

Under the sea is a snapshot of underwater life through kids' eyes because according to the students who created it "most kids like fishies."

The interactive maze mural will be a path for children to follow along the wall and includes magnetic alphabet letters the children can move to form words.

Balloons in the sky illustrate hot-air balloons travelling over the Waikato. Based on the Balloons over Waikato event, the mural also features strong Waikato colours and different shaped hot air balloons - from a strawberry to a boat.

Maeroa Intermediate is still working on two more murals for the area that will be presented later this year.

These first four will be put up in the clinic later this week.


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