Pupils brighten market square

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 07:35 11/12/2012
Halswell painting
IAIN MCGREGOR/Fairfax NZ

BRIGHT IDEA: Halswell School pupils Makenzie Blackler, 8, Nivae Dean, 8, and Liam Boyd, 9, paint a mural at the Christchurch Art Centre's recently reopened market square.

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Halswell School pupils have injected some colour into the recently reopened Christchurch Arts Centre's market square.

The children yesterday painted murals of what they liked best about the centre prior to the quakes.

Centre director Andre Lovatt said it was the first public event at the market square - with many more to come.

Lovatt said among the things the students painted were the Fudge Cottage, the trams and jugglers, to name a few.

"One of the groups did the 'longest drink in town', because they used to have a milkshake whenever they came," he said.

Lovatt said the murals would be displayed on the fences around the market square hopefully by next week.

"It's all about really bringing people back and hopefully these kids will bring their families back in to see their murals on the fence."

The event was a joint initiative between the centre and the Art Gallery.

Lovatt hoped there would be more events at the market square over summer.

"At the moment we're working with [Garden City] SummerTimes trying to get the market square as a venue for that."

Nothing was confirmed yet, he said.

However, there was a group of artists, known as Arts Waka, who would be working in the market square for the next three months using material salvaged from the earthquakes and transforming it into art to donate to the city, Lovatt said.

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