Burt Munro mural unveiled

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A massive 7m by 10m mural of motorcycling legend Burt Munro, painted by New Zealand artist Mr G (in front), on the wall of the Farmlands store on Victoria Ave, was unveiled on Saturday.

Invercargill was the first city in the South Island included in the HeART of the Community project, in which Mr G will paint locally-inspired murals on 15 Farmlands stores throughout New Zealand promoting community pride.

Artist Graham Hoete also known as Mr G in front of the mural.

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt said he felt privileged the city was the first in the South Island to get a mural as part of the project.

“I love street art and I’m thrilled to have another large artwork painted in our city. This painting of Burt Munro personifies the pioneering and determined spirit we have in Invercargill.”

The mural designs will be created as part of a public project with local communities encouraged to share their ideas of what makes their town unique.

Artist Mr G, Farmlands CEO Peter Reidie and Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt.

Farmlands chief executive Peter Reidie said Farmlands was passionate about being a part of rural communities.

“Every part of New Zealand has a different story to tell. We want to create something that showcases a special story about our community in that area.”

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