Mural celebrates nature in Hamilton park

Issue: Volume 97, Number 22

Posted: 5 December 2018
Reference #: 1H9pU9

A “unique and inspiring” permanent artwork by Hamilton art students has now taken pride of place at Hillcrest Stadium.

It took eight weeks of hard work, but all the effort was worth it as Hamilton art students unveiled their permanent mural at Hillcrest Stadium, in late November. 

The 14 art students from Patricia Avenue School and Hillcrest High School developed the mural by first choosing a subject and agreeing on a composition as a team, then individually researching their subject matter, with the assistance of Artmakers. 

Student Danielle Paul, who is Year 9 at Hillcrest, says,” Art helps you put yourself out there. It speaks to different people in different ways. We researched photos of the subjects but it was up to you to interpret it. 

“We were asked to put our own spin on things, so we did. I like abstract art, so that’s how I painted mine. You don’t need to be bland and boring. You want to create something fun and unique. So that’s what they are.”

Roisin Hassell, who is Year 11 at Hillcrest, says, “Painting is fun and helps me relax – it’s also a messy process and I like getting mess on me!” 

Artmakers spokeswoman Sylvie Bolstad says, “We just refined and polish it but the integrity of the artwork came from the students. They have a lot to say and a unique approach to creativity.” 

Each painted four individual creatures or flowers, which together make up the highly detailed and brilliantly coloured mural.

The artwork shows native birds such as tui and kererū, flowers such as kōwhai and mānuka, and wildlife, and follows the theme of changes being made to the park by the city council, which is to plant more natives to support birdlife. 

Council spokesman Aaron Martin says the council is delighted to host the artwork, which complements the native plant restoration project. “It’s a unique and inspiring piece of art that was driven by the kids.”

Art students from Patricia Avenue School and Hillcrest High attend the unveiling.

BY Education Gazette editors
Education Gazette | Tukutuku Kōrero,

Posted: 3:23 pm, 5 December 2018

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