These are some recent projects supported by Council:
Lower Hutt phone cabinet paintings
Everything from a kiwi and a ruru to sign language and a “fish out of water” will adorn seven high profile Chorus cabinets in Lower Hutt.
Beautifying the cabinets is a collaboration between Council and Chorus as part of the Art in Public Places initiative to minimise graffiti and bring art into everyday places.
Artists have been chosen to paint murals, with the first one being completed in early March on High Street outside the Hutt Hospital.
The successful artist chosen for this cabinet, Kelly Spencer, says “my piece was inspired by the Hutt River which runs through the city. The fish character is inspired by the brown trout that inhabit the river.” Kelly is concerned about climate change and how this will affect our waterways, so “a fish out of water” sits nicely with the healing provided by the Hutt hospital near this cabinet.
“Peace, love and balance” will be another mural referenced with a pair of hands showing New Zealand Sign Language and will be drawn by Akansha Kumar whose artistic ability to draw hands can also be seen on the fence near the Vogel St entrance to the new Walter Mildenhall Park development. Her cabinet will be seen outside Stevens Motors Lower Hutt.
Other successful artists and the locations of their work that have been or will soon be painted include, “korari” by Anthony Paaka, 37 Manor Drive, Stokes Valley; “kiwi” by Aiden Walbaekken on the corner of Meremere Street and Parkway Road in Wainuiomata; “defence of the environment” by Anna Proc in Moera; “faces” by Greta Menzies, down the service lane on Bunny Street and “owl” by Tom Wallace on the corner of Waiwhetu Road and Porutu Road.
Raine and Horne signage artwork
As part of Council’s Making Places strategy, the Raine and Horne advertising sign on the south side of the building at 4-12 Laings Rd in Lower Hutt's CBD is being replaced with a new vibrant artwork.
Commuters and visitors to the central city travelling across Ewen Bridge and north along Queens Drive will see a multi-coloured geometric design that references the past and the present of this part of the CBD. It's being created by Wellington artist David Brown.
“Catchment” is the work’s title and details about it will be shown on a plaque that will be mounted on the side of the building. A great deal of planning went into preparing for the artwork, which is 9m from the ground and ensuring the artist has a safe place to work from.
Inangā Love Park, Korokoro Stream
In February 2017 locals took part in what might be New Zealand's largest ever poster paste-up; they created a mural to cover the expansive wall space underneath the Petone off-ramp.
Leading muralist Bruce Mahalski worked with local eco-artists Bent and Toothfish to create the mural. The posters showcase the stream, its history and wildlife. It explains how our inangā (whitebait) depend on egg laying sites where saltwater meets freshwater.
The mural marks the collaboration of a group of artists and scientists that has been working to create the Inangā Love Park, a new pocket-park wedged between rail, pipelines and roads that celebrates a little stretch of the lower Korokoro Stream and its struggling inangā spawning site.
Inangā Love Park was created as part of Common Ground: Hutt Public Art Festival 2017.
Whanau, Aroha, Love and Community are some of the messages on this iconic mural in Naenae, which is one of the longest murals to be constructed in Lower Hutt in 10 years.
The 180 metre mural is titled Pikitia Pakitara and adorns a new fence surrounding the Walter Mildenhall Park Reserve development in Naenae.
As well as providing the community of Naenae with a ‘signature’ artwork that speaks of the region, the mural is also intended to reduce graffiti in the area.
The work was created by the Off the Wall Mural Crew, led by artist Joe McMenamin with four Naenae college students, as part of Hutt City Council’s Murals in Schools and Public Places programme 2016-2017. The project was generously sponsored by Resene, Mitre10 Mega and local shop owner Jane Time.