Living wall idea growing

Graphic: McCulloch Architects

TRANSFORMING a bland, grey wall into a living, vibrant, textured green art piece is the latest project for the South Alive team.

South Alive manager Cress Evans said since the first stage of transforming the inside of The Pantry had been completed, it was now time to give the outside a transformation with a living wall on the east side of the building.

The living wall would be a panel of plants which would grow vertically up the outside wall, adding life to the building and connecting it to the community park, she said.

“The increased greenery will add vibrancy to the area and break up the large concrete outside wall. It will be like a mural… a living mural, but will change with the seasons.”

Ms Evans said the living wall was part of the plan to make south Invercargill more beautiful by building on the upgrades the Invercargill City Council had completed in the area.

“It’s all about the energy… something that the community can be proud of.”

About $8000 was needed to complete the project, including design work, purchasing plants and an irrigation system.

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