Giant Levin mural the 'most amazing in New Zealand'

Jonny 4Higher artist Jonny Wartmann, left, with Horowhenua College students Monique Lang, Hannah Wedlock and Alexa ...
Horowhenua District Council

Jonny 4Higher artist Jonny Wartmann, left, with Horowhenua College students Monique Lang, Hannah Wedlock and Alexa Bryant in front of the new mural they created at the Levin Adventure Park.

Visitors to Levin may notice a large and colourful addition to the town.

A new 300-square-metre mural, at the Levin Adventure Park along State Highway 1, was completed last week.

Horowhenua district deputy mayor Garry Good described it as a landmark piece of beautiful artwork.

"From council's perspective, it's the most amazing mural in New Zealand.

"You won't see anything like it in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, anywhere. We've set a standard with this here in Horowhenua," Good said.

The mural was a combination of the three designs from Horowhenua College students Alexa Bryant, Monique Lang and Hannah Wedlock. They worked alongside Auckland artist Jonny Wartmann to prepare a combined design and then paint the mural during the school mid-term break.

Wedlock said the trio felt honoured to have their designs chosen and help paint the mural.

"It was an amazing learning experience, even though we were a bit daunted when we first looked at the size of the wall," she said.

"We wanted the mural to represent the community, to encompass all aspects of what ties our community together  -  not just the landscape and environment, but to portray the fountain of knowledge from one generation to the next and to show the importance of education, imagination, understanding diversity and appreciating our culture and heritage."

Wartmann, also known as "Jonny 4Higher", commended the three students on their work ethic and artistic talent.

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"They had never worked large-scale before, and I was so impressed with their desire to see the mural come out perfect.

"They would not leave any aspect of the mural at a point where they weren't happy with it. I'm so proud of what they've achieved, and what we've achieved together," he said.

 Paint for the project was donated by Resene.

 - Stuff

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