Community Murals

Painted Environment Tour

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Painted Environment Stories

Upper Hutt School mural

August 2017 – Upper Hutt City Council, in collaboration with Upper Hutt School senior students, have worked together to install a mural on Blenheim Street, opposite H20 Xtream.

The wall that the mural now covers was previously obscured by a corrugated iron fence; the fence was removed several months ago when Upper Hutt School upgraded some of its fencing. Once the fence had been removed, and the wall emerged, students and staff realised that the wall was a ‘blank canvas’ perfect for a mural!

The school’s Principal had seen several Painted Environment murals in the city and wondered how her students could become involved. She contacted Upper Hutt City Council to enquire whether there was an opportunity for the school’s senior students to develop a mural at their school and collaboration between Council and Upper Hutt School’s senior students began.

Council engaged professional artist Joe McMenamin to work with a group of senior students from Upper Hutt School to design and install the mural. The school had recently revised its school vision and values, and the inspiration for the mural design was based on feedback gathered from the students, parents, and staff during this process. The school’s 90-year-old oak tree features prominently, along with elements that reflect the school whakatauki, what the students’ value about their school, and their City such as a rich cultural heritage and a connection to the City’s river, mountains and outdoors.

This mural can be viewed from outside of Upper Hutt School (Blenheim Street side).

Totara Park Mural

January 2017 – This mural was installed by The Upper Hutt Youth Group in January 2017 as part of a youth led initiative to ‘give back’ to their community.

First, the young people engaged with Totara Park residents to identify a suitable location before creating a design concept that complimented the natural surrounds.   Next, the group fundraised and gained sponsorship from Dulux and Upper Hutt City Council to fund the paints and specialized materials required for the project. Finally, The Upper Hutt youth group volunteered their time to design and install the mural.

This mural celebrates the unique special character of Upper Hutt through the eyes, imagination and experiences of The Upper Hutt Youth Group. This mural can be viewed from the Totara Park side of the Totara Park foot bridge at the end of Norbert Street.

Ebdentown Pedestrian and Cycle Way mural

July 2016 – Upper Hutt City Council, in collaboration with Oxford Crescent School senior students, have worked together to install a mural and undertake a clean-up of the stop bank and road reserve which runs from the end of Ebdentown Street to Totara Park Road.

The road reserve which is also a ‘safer cycle route to school’, previously suffered from extensive graffiti vandalism, it was described by the students as ‘scruffy,’ ‘disturbing,’ and ‘unloved.

Council engaged professional artist Claire Rye to work with senior students from Oxford Crescent School to design and install the mural. First, students took the time to interact with and observe people using the space as part of the design process. Later, Claire Rye supported the students to paint sections of the mural.

Council supported Oxford Crescent School students to conduct rubbish removal in the area; over 10 kilograms of rubbish was collected from the road reserve. Additionally, Council upgraded lighting along the road reserve. The new LED lights emit crisp white light for better definition and clarity at night. Finally, graffiti was removed from all Council owned assets and Council officers worked with the New Zealand Transport Agency to facilitate removal of graffiti from their assets which border the road reserve.

The mural showcases Upper Hutt’s natural beauty, promotes active travel options and reflects the local community, it can be seen and accessed at the intersection of Ebdentown Road and Alleys Way.

Titiro Whakamua/Looking Forward Hutt Valley Teen Parent School mural

June 2016 – Upper Hutt City Council, Titiro Whakamua/Looking Forward Hutt Valley Teen Parent School and Scafit have worked collaboratively to install a mural in the learning space at Titiro Whakamua/Looking Forward Hutt Valley Teen Parent School.

This project began after one of the school’s teachers saw several other youth developed murals in the city and wondered how her students could become involved. She contacted Upper Hutt City Council to enquire whether there was an opportunity for the school’s young women to develop a mural at their school and collaboration between Council and Titiro Whakamua – Hutt Valley Teen Parent School’s young women began.

The young women involved in the mural project were responsible for surveying their community to get their input before designing and installing the mural. The young women also had to identify both the materials required and the health and safety requirements to install the mural safely and professionally. With support and guidance from a professional artist they volunteered their time to paint the mural. Scafit donated the use of scaffolding to support the young women to be able to install the mural.

To the students and the school community the mural is more than ‘a pretty picture’ the presence of tui, kowhai and ferns in the mural represent nature, new life and a connection to Upper Hutt. Koru fronds, the ‘Joshua Tree’ (a memorial blossom tree planted at the school) and  a mother and baby fantail represent love, loss, new life and a connection to the school while a sunset and a mother’s glowing belly represent new life and change.

The mural project was made possible through the Ministry of Youth Development’s Youth Partnership Fund. The aim of the Youth partnership Fund is to support young people in our community to develop skills, knowledge and experience to participate confidently in their communities.

Fraser Crescent School Mural

April 2016 – Upper Hutt City Council, Capital Training Ltd. students, Fraser Crescent School and local volunteers have worked collaboratively to install a mural at Fraser Crescent School.

With support from Council, a group of three young men, all students from Capital Training Ltd. evaluated three sites across the city before selecting this site to install a mural. The site was severely graffiti vandalised. They chose the site because they wanted to discourage future acts of graffiti vandalism and because some of them had a connection to the local area and neighbouring schools.

Due to the severe graffiti vandalism, the site needed some maintenance work before it could be considered as a viable place for a mural to be installed. Volunteers from Upper Hutt Community Patrol and Fraser Crescent School joined forces with Council and Keep New Zealand Beautiful to water-blast, sand and then seal and prime the site.

The young men worked with Wellington regional artist Claire Rye to design and install a mural which showcases the natural surroundings and features some local flora and fauna.

The mural project was made possible through the Ministry of Youth Development’s Youth Partnership Fund. The aim of the Youth partnership Fund is to support young people in our community to develop skills, knowledge and experience to participate confidently in their communities.

The mural can be seen from the playgrounds of both Fraser Crescent School and Maidstone Intermediate. It can be accessed via  the driveway shared by Fraser Crescent School and Maidstone Intermediate or  via Clyma Park.

Ararino Street suburban shopping centre mural

April 2016 – Upper Hutt City Council, VIBE, local young people and local business have worked collaboratively to install a vibrant mural in one of Trentham’s suburban shopping centres.

A group of five young women supported by Council and VIBE worked with Hutt Valley artist Chimp to design the mural. The design process included writing and then conducting a survey in the surrounding streets, stores and railway station to gain feedback from local people about what they would like to see depicted in a mural. The results are stunning.

The mural which features horses, trains, the Hutt River and a ‘pop’ of colour was installed by Chimp and  the five young women during early April – much to the delight of neighbouring residents and commuters who stopped to watch and engage with the group.

The mural project was made possible through the Ministry of Youth Development’s Youth Partnership Fund. The aim of the Youth partnership Fund is to support young people in our community to develop skills, knowledge and experience to participate confidently in their communities.

The mural is located on the corner of Ararino and Tawai Streets.(across from Trentham Train Station). When you visit the mural  be sure to plan your visit around meal times so you have the perfect excuse to stop in at one of the local restaurants or takeaways!

Maoribank Park mural

January 2016 – Upper Hutt City Council and The H20 Xtream Teen Board have worked collaboratively on a mural and clean-up project in Maoribank Park.

The mural project was made possible through the Ministry of Youth Development’s Youth Partnership Fund. The aim of the Youth partnership Fund is to support young people in our community to develop skills, knowledge and experience to participate confidently in their communities.

Teen Board members were involved in both the planning and installation of the mural. With support from Council officers, the Teen Board obtained legal permission for the mural from the site owner. Additionally they surveyed local residents to understand what they would like to see depicted in a mural. The majority of residents surveyed requested that elements of nature, Upper Hutt, rugby, and Maori culture feature in the mural. Some residents commented on graffiti vandalism occurring in the area and supported the mural installation in hopes that it would deter graffiti vandalism.

The Teen Board Members used this feedback to inform the mural design. Next they worked collaboratively with Hutt Valley artist Chimp and Council officers to identify materials required, health and safety considerations, and other factors that would lead to the successful installation of the mural. Chimp and the Teen Board members successfully installed the mural at Maoribank Park on 27 January 2016.

The mural can be seen from Maoribank Park, its surrounding fields, the children’s playground, the Rugby Clubrooms, and State Highway 2.

A clean up of the area by the H20 Teen Board saw 11kg of rubbish removed from the park and the waterway.

Blueberry Grove to Norana Road pedestrian access way mural restoration

January 2016 – Upper Hutt City Council, Timberlea youth and Street Artists Sean Duffell and Ollie Rennie have worked collaboratively on a mural project to restore the Blueberry Grove to Norana Road access way.

The purpose for the project was to work with the taggers themselves to support and encourage them to use their artistic talents in a more positive way and take some responsibility in their own community.

A group of seven young people were involved in the project from start to finish. They provided ideas and design concepts for the mural, incorporating pictures and themes they felt represented their community from a youth perspective.

This has been a very positive experience for the young people who have now taken ownership of the space, and are committed to ensuring it is looked after and not defaced again.

Upper Hutt City Council will maintain their relations with the group and will be working closely together with them and other youth on more community projects in the near future.

Upper Hutt College mural

December 2015 – Upper Hutt City Council and ten Upper Hutt College Students have worked collaboratively to install a mural on Upper Hutt College grounds as part of a youth development project facilitated by Council and driven by youth.

The mural project was made possible through the Ministry of Youth Development, Youth Partnership Fund. The aim of the Youth Partnership Fund is to support young people in our community to develop skills, knowledge, and experience to participate confidently in their communities.

The students ‘opted-in’ to the project after hearing about it at school. With support from Council officers and a professional artist, they identified a suitable site on school grounds to install a mural. The group consulted the school community by conducting a survey which asked both staff and students to have their say about the proposed mural content. Armed with feedback the group worked together to create the final design concept.

The group worked collaboratively with Wellington regional artist, Claire Rye and Council Officers to identify materials required, health and safety considerations and other factors that would lead to the successful installation of the mural. The students worked tirelessly to install the mural over a number of days facing and conquering a few unexpected challenges along the way. The group reports that mid-way through installation, based on feedback from the school community and their own feelings, that some elements didn’t look as good on the wall as they had on paper. The mural was subsequently modified mid-way through the project. Rain and a bumpy surface were other challenges the students overcame.

Students reported that they learned many important things by being involved in the project, time management skills, working collaboratively, paint techniques, hazard identification and taking other people’s opinions into consideration are a few of those things learned.

The mural is located on Upper Hut College School grounds and features elements of Upper Hutt’s natural surrounds, the ‘school cat’ and the school’s moto ‘be worthy’.

Fraser Crescent to Bonnie Glen Crescent pedestrian access way mural

December 2015 – Upper Hutt City Council, Fraser Crescent School and residents of Fraser Crescent have worked collaboratively on a mural project in the Fraser Crescent to Bonnie Glen Crescent access way.

The design concept for the mural was born out of a design workshop with Fraser Crescent pupils which was facilitated by Upper Hutt City Council and artist Daniel Mils. The mural depicts Upper Hutt City by day and by night through the eyes and experiences of local children. Native birds, flowers and active travel and recreation feature predominately. The mural also features star constellations and glow in the dark elements. Students worked alongside Daniel Mills on December 1st to paint sections of the mural.

Upper Hutt City Council improved lighting in the access way with the installation of two LED lanterns which emit crisp white light for better definition and clarity at night.

Moonshine Bridge pedestrian underpass access way mural

December 2015 – Upper Hutt City Council, Fergusson Intermediate, NZTA and Wellington Water have worked collaboratively on a mural and clean-up project in the Moonshine Bridge pedestrian underpass access way.

The pedestrian underpass access way is the safest pedestrian crossing point for residents of the Riverstone Terraces community to cross State Highway 2. It is used daily by students walking to and from nearby schools and it is routinely used by outdoor recreation enthusiasts due to its close links to bush tracks, the Hutt River Trail and Trentham Memorial Park. However in a recent user survey the pedestrian underpass access way was described as dark, creepy and scary. The prevalence of tagging and graffiti vandalism on the NZTA Moonshine Bridge structure overhead was also of concern to many users.

The design concept for the mural was born out of a design workshop with Fergusson Intermediate pupils which was facilitated by Upper Hutt City Council and artist Chimp. Native birds feature predominately. Students worked alongside Chimp on December 7th to paint sections of the mural.

A clean up of the area by Fergusson Intermediate students saw 10kg of rubbish removed from the access way, the surrounding bush and the water’s edge. Students also identified a car body lodged in the stream bed which was reported to and later removed by Wellington Water.

Merton Street shopping centre community mural rejuvenation

November 2015 – Upper Hutt City Council, Trentham Community House and residents of Trentham have worked collaboratively on a mural rejuvenation project at the Merton Street shopping centre.

Volunteers from the community gave their time to assist artist Samuel Trimmer, under his tutelage the mural was rejuvenated and now sports additional elements which give it a new lease of life.

The mural was initially installed in 2013 as part of a Council led community development initiative to reduce graffiti vandalism and increase community connectivity. The original design concept involved input from local school children.

Centre Walk mural

September 2015 – Upper Hutt City Council, Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre and local young people worked collaboratively to install a mural in Centre Walk in the Upper Hutt CBD.

Young people volunteered their time to work alongside professional artist Ghostie (Sean Duffel) in the pedestrian access way which is widely used by shoppers and visitors to the city.

The mural project was made possible through the Ministry of Youth Development’s Youth Partnership Fund. The aim of the Youth partnership Fund is to support young people in our community to develop skills, knowledge and experience to participate confidently in their communities.

905 Fergusson Drive mural

September 2015 – Upper Hutt City Council, Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre and local young people worked collaboratively to install a mural on a large utility box in the public car park at the rear of Countdown Maidstone on Fergusson Drive.

Young people volunteered their time to work alongside professional artist Haunt One (Ollie Rennie) to install the mural in only one weekend.

The mural project was made possible through the Ministry of Youth Development’s Youth Partnership Fund. The aim of the Youth partnership Fund is to support young people in our community to develop skills, knowledge and experience to participate confidently in their communities.

If you would like more information about any of these projects please contact Denise Johnson, Community Development Advisor, Upper Hutt City Council on (04) 527 2792.

 

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Last updated on 08 Sep 2017