Putahi Park Mural:
“The Pathway”

X May 19, 2022

Putahi Park Mural concept:
“The Pathway”

Client: Whangarei District Council

This artwork pays homage to geographical, cultural and historical aspects of the local area.

The mural site is in close proximity to the Hātea River which flows from Whāngarei Falls down into the harbour
like a pathway to the sea – where fresh and salt water meet. The palette and textured drips used throughout the
artwork are inspired by these bodies of water, as is the hero Kahawai and ribbons of seaweed.

When the ancestor Ihenga arrived in Whāngarei, he and his group set up camp at the Tauranga Waka
landing (where the Town Basin is now situated). It is here that they roasted and ate Pupurangi (Kauri Snails).
These native snail shells are repeated along the left hand side of the mural, while a Kete (traditional Māori basket)
adorns the right – a homage to the gathering of kai and kaimoana.

Lastly, a rare white Pīwakawaka (previously spotted in the Whāngarei district) swoops across the top
of the artwork, leaving an impression of growth and flight – a tribute to the evolution of the Town Basin
and waterfront – a vibrant and inclusive place for local community.

Click here for more process shots!

A big thank you to @sweats___ for your technical and physical support!


process 1 process 2 process 3


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