Monday, 21 December 2020

Karetu School Mural




 I was in Kawakawa last week with my 2 adult children. In Summer if you don't get to your destination by at least 10am the temperature tends to rise to the point where you really don't want to be outside and most of the car parking is taken.  The 3 of us have very very fair skin so we have to wear sun scream whenever we can as we don't tan.

While they were off getting lunch I spotted this mural down an alleyway. I have to say I think it's really really clever artwork with all the different Maori imagery. Painted as part of Karetu School mural project in 2011 and measures 10 x 2 it apparently started off as a backdrop to a school play but ended up winning a "Keep NZ Beautiful" award before being scaled up then painted onto a treated plywood panel with ceramic, wood and metail details. 

It was blessed by Kaumatua (Maori elder) Bill Cherrington followed by a waiata (song) from the children, an explanation of how it came about and a haka.

Linking up with Mural Monday.

10 comments:

Bill said...

The mural is beautiful, well done!

Tom said...

...this so much to like about this one, the graphics and colors are wonderful.

Pauline said...

That's a delightful mural, Amy. I haven't seen it before, must have a look out next time I pass through Kawakawa. Always stop for a cuppa at the Trainspotter's Cafe.

At Home In New Zealand said...

I really like that mural. It has something very appealing about it :)

Bertiebo said...

They earned an award, that's for sure. Beautiful!

Sami said...

Great mural Amy, so much to see. Thank for contributing to Monday Murals.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I love the graphics and learning a bit about the Maori and their culture is always interesting to me. You found a beautiful one, Amy.

local alien said...

An awesome mural. Love that it was blessed that way

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

This just might be my favorite of all the Maori artwork you’ve shown and I have loved all of it. The colors on this one are so wonderful, in addition to the joy in the images and the story of how it was created is such a happy one.

Iris Flavia said...

A very vivid one (does anyone tan these days?).

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