Art for the community ... Artists Mel Eaton, left, and Sue Roxborough work on a new mural on a wall in the Blake Street car park in Rangiora. PHOTO: SHELLEY TOPP


Artists with Amberley’s NEST Arts Collective have started work on a large outdoor mural on a wall in Rangiora’s Blake Street carpark.

The mural is the result of the collective’s entry in the Resene and Keep New Zealand Beautiful (KNZB) mural competition, collective member Mel Eaton says.

“We won a prize from Resene and KNZB of $750 worth of paint to create the work and will earn a further prize of $1000 when the mural is completed.

“That will go towards funding some additional costs and will also be used to develop our collective.”

The mural is titled In Our Hands.

It has an environmental message incorporated into its design that is similar to the collective’s mission statement “to create a place of belonging, to care for and support each other, and encourage growth and prosperity for others”.

The environmental message the collective wanted to convey in the mural was that of “our responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing for our native species”, Mel says.

Work started about a fortnight ago and is expected to be completed by March 14. Planning is under way for a public unveiling.