Renwick School wins mural award

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Last updated 07:27 30/10/2012
Felix Jackson
lBudding artists: Renwick School year 6 pupils, from left, Harry Jackson, Mette Van Palland and Felix Jackson won the people’s choice award for their mural, which has been put up inside a pedestrian tunnel on Rapaura Rd, near Blenheim.

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A mural by Renwick School pupils depicting many of Marlborough's natural attractions won the people's choice award for best mural in the Rapaura Rd underpass, near Blenheim.

The mural was among 12 tourism-themed works designed by groups of school pupils to help rejuvenate the underground pedestrian tunnel between Rapaura Vintners Hotel, on one side of Rapaura Rd, and the Vines Village on the other side.

Hotel general manager Tracy Purcell announced the placegetters at a presentation during their gourmet artisan market last week.

Renwick School won a "very close" contest out of 170 votes, followed by Havelock School and Tua Marina School, she said.

The winning entries received $900, $650 and $450, respectively, for their school.

The participating schools were Bohally Intermediate, Tua Marina School, Springlands School, Renwick School, Havelock School, Riverlands School, St Joseph's School, in Picton, and Marlborough Girls' College.

The pupils were asked to produce a mural on the theme of "tourism through the eyes of the next generation".

Ms Purcell came up with the project to spark some life into the underpass, built in 2005 at a cost of $180,000 as a safety measure.

The murals had been painted on boards and sprayed with anti-graffiti spray.

They would remain in the tunnel until September next year before being auctioned off, Ms Purcell said.

The money raised by each mural would be donated to the respective school, she said.

She plans to run another mural competition next year so more schools can get involved.

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- The Marlborough Express

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