Mural, a colourful boost to South City

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South Alive manager Claire McDonagh and artist Deow are pleased with the new mural at The Pantry.

A NEW mural is bringing a splash of colour to South City.

Well-known for his graffiti and street art throughout Invercargill, artist Deow (Danny Owen) had completed his latest artwork at The Pantry, on Grace St.

After painting one of New Zealand’s largest murals on the side of the Kelvin Hotel last year, the artist was looking for a place to create a new artwork.

He approached South Alive which was granted funding from Invercargill City Council’s creative communities grants.

“We sort of put two and two together and decided to paint this community mural.”

South Alive manager Claire McDonagh said the initial idea was to have a “living wall”, but when Deow came with his idea, she thought it was a great opportunity.

Deow said his inspiration for the 4.5m by 5.5m painting was the tui and The Pantry colours.

“Tui is my favourite bird – it’s an iconic Kiwi bird.

“I noticed some kowhai trees and saw a couple on my way here, so I thought it would be a good design as it is something everyone has a connection with.”

It took four days to complete and Deow had help from six Aurora College pupils who learnt about design and the health and safety guidelines for graffiti.

Ms McDonagh said the result was a “bright mural” which was attracting attention from passersby.

“The feedback has been great. People are coming down, taking photos. It is just great.”

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