Monday, June 24, 2024

Dreamgirls art to bring Porirua CBD to life

Porirua City Council has secured funding for a major public mural project in the city’s CBD.

Council says artists Miriama Grace Smith, Xoe Hall and Gina Kiel will use their rich Māori heritage to bring a vibrant female energy into the space.

“The Ferry Place Murals project will be Porirua City’s first public art park and we are delighted that three well-known wāhine street artists will be transforming seven walls there,” said Council’s Manager Strategic Partnerships, Robyn Steel.

“The murals are underway and will take about four weeks to transform this industrial-looking car park and service area to a 360-degree immersive art experience for all who enter it.”

Ms Steel said Council had collaborated with community groups and the artists to conceptualise designs that would create a space that is inclusive, inspirational and would tell the stories of Porirua, especially the stories of wāhine in the city.

“We have all felt the impact of COVID-19 on our lives, but statistics show us that this group that has been the most impacted in New Zealand is Māori women. This is something we kept in mind with the design brief – we wanted to do something that will inspire and honour wāhine in our community,” she said.

“Women are symbols for new life and growth, and this project was a perfect fit with Council’s inner-city revitalisation vision for Porirua. We want to attract more foot-traffic to our CBD and make it a destination for day-trippers to our region, which will also benefit our local businesses and economy.”

You can follow the artists’ progress on Instagram: @dreamgirlsartcollective.

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