Murals perk up drab wall

23:00, Dec 22 2013
William Bennett
COLOURFUL: Artist William Bennett supported the urban art mural project in Rangitikei Street.

One of the uglier entrances to Palmerston North has been given a makeover, thanks to 12 children and a building owner.

The wall of the Rangitikei St building, called "the old country library" by some, has had 12 murals painted on it by the children over the past month.

The wall faces towards the Rangitikei St entrance to Palmerston North, and borders onto the former Carters site.

Urban mural
TEAM WORK: The Urban Art mural in Rangitikei Street was undertaken by Danielle Hercoe, Maia Nikora-Davis, Chloe Hylton, Amy McLauren, Caitlyn Entwise, Holly Greene, Daina Edwards, Kathryn Parr and Grace Flavell.

The project, launched in October, was the brainchild of the building's owner Eileen Fair.

She said people had been complaining about graffiti in the area, and she decided to do something about it.

"Instead of graffiti, why not give kids the chance to paint something nice?


"I just wanted to show kids there is something [good] they can do," Dr Fair said.

The 12 children were selected after submitting ideas to a judging panel.

Each of the murals are based on a month of the year, with the works tying in events like graduation, going back to school and Christmas.

Dr Fair said the Rangitikei St entrance to the city had not looked good for some time, and she was happy she could do something to make it look better.

The painting project was run by Passionart, and director and senior tutor Neil Wallace said it was an example of the great talent in the city.

"This is the youth of Palmy saying 'this is what we actually like about the city'."

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