Recent BFA graduate and current MFA student Emma Anderton and Year Four Fine Arts student Giulio Laura have collaborated to create a community-focused outdoor mural for the Three Kings Renewal Project in Auckland. The up-and-coming artists were commissioned by Fletcher Developments for a special community engagement project to keep a positive view of the intended urban renewal and redevelopment of the old quarry area below Three Kings.
Commenting on the exciting opportunity, Fletcher Developments’ General Manager Bernie Chote said, “It has been great to work with Emma, Giulio and the Whitecliffe team. The artists have been working extremely hard to deliver to the deadline. From the start, they showed a great understanding of the brief and have designed and executed a beautiful piece that will not only draw interest, but display some of the simple concepts of the new community Fletcher is seeking to create.”
Both artists worked on a proposal that concentrated on creating a “unique artifact” through scale, technique and bright paint colours. They also considered what a driver might see at car level from Mt. Eden Road. Giulio says, “the mural can be enjoyed while driving, peripherally. The mural has a long wavy line that jumps in and out of the frame, while the colours are purposely bright to instill a positive and happy feeling about the redevelopment of the quarry. The abstract patterns are influenced by native birds and plants and relate to the redevelopment of the wetlands and the surrounding areas.” There are 82 panels that make up the mural. When assembled they measure nearly 100 metres and 2.4 metres high. This huge work will be installed outside of the warehouse for viewers to see while going past the old quarry site.
“It’s been great to have a professional opportunity as a graduating student and to work together with a commercial company to reach a wider audience,” says Emma. She continues, “to work outside my normal parameters has made me think differently to help create an engaging and exciting public mural project for the benefit of the community.” Giulio commented on the making of the project “it’s super exciting as this is an awesome opportunity to practise the ability to influence a community with a series of signs and signifiers.”
The mural was formally opened to the public on the 29th of January. Whitecliffe would like to thank Fletcher Developments for offering our students such an exciting opportunity.
(Photograph courtesy of Year 4 Photography student Rainer Weston)