Have fun with mandatory mask mania


Riverton artist Wayne Hill is wearing his philosophy.

‘‘If we have to wear masks, then have fun with them.’’

During the recent Covid-19 alert levels, it has been mandatory to wear face coverings, so
Hill created an array of bespoke masks, all with interchangeable generic disposable masks inside each creation.

‘‘The outer masks have still got the disposable masks in there which can be swapped,’’ he said.

He estimated the various masks took from one and a half to two hours each to create.

Last lockdown in 2020 he made Jaws, an extremely visible set of large, gnashing teeth with a bright red mouth which gained the attention of many as he travelled by plane from Invercargill to Tauranga, via Auckland… and return.

I was stopped when going through the airport by a policeman who said ‘‘that’s the best mask I have ever seen’’.

The compliments continued while he was seated aboard the plane when the pilot who was
walking along the aisle to the cockpit, stopped and gave him a thumbs up, Hill said.

Although he admitted he didn’t often wear his works of art, they were fun.

‘‘It’s getting away from all these generic masks… If you have to wear a mask, then have fun with them.

“I would say to kids… go home and make some funky masks.”

Photos: Jenet Gellatly