Manukau Courier : February 11th 2011
www.manukaucourier.co.nz Friday, February 11, 2011 extra content, extra early, extra special! online editions Essential local news available now, wherever you are...and it's FREE! Just click on "Latest Edition" at www.manukaucourier.co.nz Manukau Courier online editions have exciting extras for all our readers -- including video and back issues. Get online now for a total multi media experience with the latest local news -- anywhere, anytime. Colourful street, above: Manukau Beautification Trust operations manager Barbara Carney, left, with artists Sharon and Louis Statham by the villas that frame the Papatoetoe train station carpark. Familiar look, below: The artists worked from photos of villas around Papatoetoe. Photos: MELISSA KINEALY By MELISSA KINEALY Artists streets ahead A NEW street has appeared beside the Papatoetoe train station -- at least that's what it looks like. The stretch of vibrant old villas is actually a skilfully crafted mural. The 500 square metre artwork bordering the carpark at the back of the station is the handiwork of husband and wife artists Louis and Sharon Statham. They spent six days a week for two months working from photos taken around Papatoetoe and modifing them to create the villas on a concrete wall. Mr Statham, who has painted more than 50 murals in Auckland, says this one has achieved what they hoped it would. It looks like a real street.'' Mrs Statham says members of the public came up to them during the work and told them they were quite delighted'' with what they were doing. At the start we didn't know how it was going to turn out,'' she says. It was daunting -- it looked like miles of blank wall.'' Hunters Corner and Old Papatoetoe town centre man- ager Donna Lee feels extremely privileged'' to have such high quality artwork on display She's also grateful to the Manukau Beautification Trust which made it all hap- pen Trust operations manager Barbara Carney says the artists were brought in to cre- ate a lifelike picture that can be seen from the train and the rail corridor. We are all about com- munity input and giving back to the community.'' The mural was funded through the trust and the Ministry of Justice. Go to www.manukau courier.co.nz to see more on the murals.
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