Mural brings colour into city

'Inspired by need for life and vibrancy'

FRANCESCA LEE
Last updated 09:35 28/11/2012
Rachael Dewhirst
STACY SQUIRES/Fairfax NZ

BRIGHT FUTURE: Fourth-year University of Canterbury fine arts student Rachael Dewhirst's large-scale mural, Kaleidoscopic Nights, was inspired by the need to bring life and vibrancy back to Christchurch's centre.

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Christchurch students hope a large mural in the Re:Start mall will help bring life back to Christchurch's city centre.

Five students from the University of Canterbury and the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology have combined forces to paint one of two large-scale murals planned for the city centre this year as part of the Resene Art in the Streets SCAPE Christchurch Mural project.

The first mural, Kaleidoscopic Nights, will be completed at the Re:Start mall today.

Artist Rachael Dewhirst, a fourth-year fine arts student at the university, submitted her design for the mural during a public art development workshop at the beginning of the year.

"I was inspired by the need for life and vibrancy to be brought back to the central city.

"Inevitably, I was going to use a lot of colour and it was going to be bold," she said.

She and her team have been working on the mural for the past three weeks.

SCAPE installs art in public places in Christchurch.

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