School welcomes back mural

After two years of being on display in national museum Te Papa, an artwork created by Victory School pupils has come back home.

In a blessing ceremony yesterday morning, the 2 metre by 2 m mural, Diversity - Rereketanga, was welcomed back to the school.

The mural was a centrepiece in the children's "Discovery Centre" section of the museum for nearly two years, and was designed to link with Te Papa's Community Gallery exhibition, The Mixing Room, which tells stories of refugee youth in New Zealand.

Students Liberty West and Portia Ashby-Kiore, both 11, helped create the mural.

Together with pupils from four classes, they spent weeks painting, sewing, and gluing images and designs onto the mural.

Portia said it felt "pretty cool" to have the piece back at the school, and she had also seen it hung up at Te Papa.

"It looked amazing. It was quite good to see our artwork on the wall."

Liberty said the artwork looked awesome and she liked the image of the kiwi and the different cultures shown on the piece.

Acting principal Wendy Taylor said it was great to have the mural in a place where everyone could love it.

Nelson Glass donated glass for the frame, Glenwood Craft contributed recycled redwood for the frame and Dave Taylor crafted the frame.

The Nelson Mail