Waipu Barn Repaint

‘Love Waipu’ Business & Community Inc. are excited to announce, in collaboration with award-winning Waipu-based mural artist Melinda Butt they have been successful in a WDC Community Funding grant to repaint the barn.

Currently the barn is one of the first visual objects seen when travelling SH1 that welcomes visitors and residents to the area of Waipu and also would be the first large scale artwork when entering the Whangarei District.

In a post-covid world our project aims to uplift the spirits of travellers returning home, and domestic travellers visiting to Waipū or Whangarei District. The artwork will be abstract and geometrical for ease of large scale paint application. Rather than one set pattern or pictorial theme the abstract nature of the work is adapted to suit the unique needs of the existing corrugate iron canvas, and the intended viewing distance.

Enhancing day to day experiences, and connecting the wider community to art is a key focus. As a collaborative project we are keen to hear feedback on what kinds of abstract patterns, colours and vision the community has for a large-scale mural in this location. 

As the grant will not cover the entire cost of the project the Love Waipu committee is also keen to hear from community members who would like to be involved in a working bee day to help prep the barn for painting, and are currently reaching out to businesses to sponsor the costs of remaining costs like scaffolding to get the project off the ground. The prime location of the barn offers great opportunity for local business sponsors to get maximum impact from being involved.

The project will also work in well with the Bream Bay ‘Northland Journeys’ welcoming map currently being developed by Northland Inc. 

You can view Melinda Butt’s mural work on her website melindabutt.com

If you have ideas, or would like to get involved please email: secretary@waipu.kiwi or message us on facebook @Love Waipu

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