Mural brightens up town centre

23:59, Feb 18 2013
RSA Mural
PUBLIC ART: The stripes in a new RSA mural by Regan Gentry, pictured are designed to reflect military ribbons

A $70,000 artwork is turning heads in the Papatoetoe town centre.

Learning Your Stripes by artist Regan Gentry features a colourful mural on the township's RSA, planting, new seats and landscaping that extends into  Burnside Park.

The Otara-Papatoetoe Local Board and Auckland Council Public Art team worked with Mr Gentry on the project to revitalise the area and celebrate its diverse community and heritage. 

The work is the first stage of a $210,000 heritage trail from Tamaki River Bridge to Kohuora Park.

"I looked to invigorate what was already there," Mr Gentry says. "Strong visual symbols that had accumulated over time like the Totara, the Norfolk Pine and the RSA flagpole. I also looked at how people used the space. The work creates a bright, lively town centre, and the new seating and paths throughout the park invite the community to relax, enjoy the sunshine and enjoy their surroundings."

Mr Gentry has national and international experience in large public art projects and was born in Napier in 1976 and educated at Havelock North High School.

He graduated from the Otago Polytechnic School of Fine Art  in 2000 and was the winner of the Wellington Sculpture Trust's first Four Plinths sculpture project in 2007.

He also won a McCahon House residency in 2012. 


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