CBD block gets colourful

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Invercargill Central public relations manager Amy Hibbs in front of the community artwork. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH

COLOURFUL blocks of artwork now border the City Block Development after the Invercargill community contributed creative talent.

Invercargill Central public relations manager Amy Hibbs said more than 120 community groups painted the panels.

“We put a call-out to the community to paint murals on our panels which are going up around the CBD block.”

Families, businesses, schools, early childhood centres and more, helped paint to brighten the development site.

“The intent of it is to involve the community and brighten up the CBD while the demolition and construction are taking place.”

It was also an attempt to draw people into the city and offer an opportunity to see the talent in the community Hibbs said about a quarter of the panels had gone up so far.

“We’ve still got about another 150 to go up, which will go up in stages as the demolition progresses and the need is there to ward off the site.”

She said she loved the variety of the paintings and one of her favourites was the Highland cow on Esk St.

A heritage series will be included in the panels still to be put up.

“They’ll feature some information about the buildings that had been demolished.”

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