Artists bring Manurewa Squash Club to life with colourful new mural

Among the Manukau Institute of Technology lecturers and students who contributed to the mural are, from left, Pale ...
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Among the Manukau Institute of Technology lecturers and students who contributed to the mural are, from left, Pale Ailaoa, Steve Lovett, Fulumoa Olomautu, Sam Autalaga and Siosaia Tanginoa, and artist Gary Silipa.

 

South Auckland's urban landscape is being transformed one can of paint at a time.

The Manurewa Squash Club is the latest canvas to undergo a colourful makeover.

Manukau Institute of Technology visual design students worked with artist Gary Silipa to create a digital design on the outside of the sports facility in Weymouth Rd in an effort to stop taggers from defacing it with graffiti vandalism.

The artwork was blessed at a public ceremony led by Manurewa Local Board deputy chairman Rangi McLean and attended by about 30 people including Manurewa-Papakura Ward councillor Daniel Newman and local board member Simeon Brown on January 26.

The mural was supported by the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust and sponsored by the Manurewa Local Board, Auckland Council, and Resene​.

The trust's Nicole Stanton says those involved with the mural project started work on November 28 last year and finished nine days later.

The art students were keen to gain experience working on and managing a community project, she says.

Squash club president Taniora Walker-Herewini says the facility has been a frequent target of vandals.

"I drive past [the club] each day and feel proud," he says, of the new mural.

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