Naked mural 'a bit of colour'

ABBIE NAPIER
Last updated 05:00 04/03/2014
calendar girls mural
KIRK HARGREAVES/FAIRFAX NZ
OUT THERE: Tourists Pete and Jenny Foster walk by the first sketch outline of the mural.

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A three-storey-high mural of a naked woman is being painted on the side of central city strip club, Calendar Girls.

An unknown artist started the painting yesterday, which features a naked woman in the foetal position.

Calendar Girls' Christchurch general manager Jacqui Le Prou said she was approached by the artist a few months ago about transforming the blank grey wall.

She supported the murals popping up around the city. "I think it's a good thing for the city and it gives a bit of colour," she said.

The mural was on the side of the building facing the Transitional Cathedral across an empty lot in Madras St.

Tourists passing by said they were not offended by the mural.

"I don't find it offensive, but then I'm not a churchgoer," British tourist Pete Foster said.

However, if the church was being used, he thought it could be found offensive by some.

"You could get some old crusties objecting," passer-by Carol Samson said.

Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner said she would wait and see the finished product.

"I love the idea of murals and I hope when it's finished, it's tasteful," she said. "I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and hope they do something Christchurch can be proud of."

Le Prou said she did not find the mural offensive and had approved it when shown a mock-up by the artist. "It's just a picture."

Le Prou said the artist hoped to have a significant portion of the work done this week, but did not know when it would finally be finished.

A representative for the Anglican Diocese could not be reached for comment.

Calendar Girls would likely be purchased by the Crown for the Christchurch Central Development Unit and eventually demolished.

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