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Butterflies brighten dull wall

Last updated 05:00 18/06/2014

BRIGHT SIDE: Residents led a campaign to spruce up a grey wall in Kingsland to capture the history of the area and deter vandals.

Kate Millington
Jess Lee
WINNING DESIGN: Artist Kate Millington’s kowhai flower and butterfly design was chosen by the public as the design they would like to see transform a flyover in Kingsland.

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A section of one inner-city suburb is to go from battleship-grey to bright with butterflies.

Kingsland's unsightly flyover wall on the corner of Bright St and Aitken Tce will be transformed by artist Kate Millington with a kowhai flower and butterfly design.

Three other artists also pitched their ideas to decorate the 300 square-metre wall in a resident-led project to capture the history of the area and deter vandals (Auckland City Harbour News, February 14).

But it was Millington's work which received the most votes during a Facebook campaign.

Millington sees the wall every day as she walks to work and says she looks forward to transforming it.

The Bright St resident often depicts butterflies in her work. The wings of the butterflies in the design are formed from kowhai flowers and seed pods.

"The kowhai flower is an easily recognisable New Zealand icon, chosen to represent the environment and the community garden opposite the wall," she says.

"This inner-city oasis is home to many butterflies, insects and birds."

The Albert-Eden Local Board provided a $2000 grant to support the project last year. Millington will now work with organisers to fundraise for the project.

Search The Wall on the Bright side on Facebook or email thewallonthebright for details.

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