Community mural evolves into fundraiser for Nelson boy's wheelchair shower room

Scott Davidson of Solid Earth Limited stands beside a 4m x 2m mural which is being auctioned to help support young ...
Verena Maeder

Scott Davidson of Solid Earth Limited stands beside a 4m x 2m mural which is being auctioned to help support young cerebral palsy sufferer Miro Romanowski.

A mural created from clay and previously slated for several goodwill projects has found a concrete fundraising cause. 

The 4m x 2m creation, created in five panels and made from earthen plaster, is now being auctioned off to help raise funds to build a wheelchair-accessible shower room for Nelson five-year-old Miro Romanowski, who suffers cerebral palsy and ataxia.

The construction project on the Romanowski's Teal Valley property - organised by the Mitre 10 Helping Hands Project - is close to being completed, thanks to a huge effort from volunteers and contributors in the community.

Speaking earlier in the month, Mitre 10's Murray Leaning said he was still looking for a final "cash injection" to get it over the line.

READ MORE: Volunteer project 'means so much' for Nelson family

Verena Maeder of Nelson earth-building company Solid Earth Limited said the mural was started as a community project on the first day of the Evolve Festival, before the festival was canned due to the weather.

Miro Romanowski watches the construction of his new bathroom at the families Teal Valley home.
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Miro Romanowski watches the construction of his new bathroom at the families Teal Valley home.

The design was developed under the technical guidance of artists Kim Coutts and Bella Walker. SolidEarth sponsored all the materials as well as overseeing the project.

Maeder said the goal had always been to fundraiser for a cause within the community.

"On the second day [of Evolve] we were going to announce a charity that the money would be raised for and have an auction there and there, but obviously the second day never happened." 

Initially keen to ease the financial burden of festival organisers, Maeder and her team worked to finish the mural. However, the burden had diminished by the time it was finished and a new fundraising goal was sought.

Maeder said the earthen mural celebrated the beauty of the Nelson-Tasman region and community, and hoped the mural could be hung in a big public space, such as a school or library.

"It was made by the community - hopefully it can go to the community," she said.

Given the clay, sand and straw composition, Maeder said the mural needed to live indoors.

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The mural is being listed on Trade Me, with a current top bid of $400.

The auction closes on Wednesday May 24 at 9:00pm.

 

 - Stuff

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