Pupils’ murals to brighten skate park

Community murals . . . Fairfield School pupils (back, from left) Nate Wilson (13), Jessica Guyton (13), (front) Evelyn Young (12) and Olivia Breese (12) showcase two murals created with their classmates, which will be displayed at the Fairfield Skate Park. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

Fairfield School pupils have shown their artistic flair, depicting land and sea in two murals for the Fairfield skate park and playground.

Created late last year by 13 year 7 and 8 pupils guided by teacher Sheryl Morton, the murals will soon join four other murals as a colourful lining for the playground fence.

The four original murals were painted by Fairfield School pupils in late 2018, as part of a community beautification project supported by Saddle Hill Community Board.

The board provided the materials for six murals, showing aspects of the Saddle Hill area from Green Island to Taieri Mouth, with the final two completing the set and providing full coverage of the fence.

Saddle Hill Community Board chairman Scott Weatherall said the board “just love providing a small opportunity for our talented young people to share their love for local arts and culture”.

“A special thanks to Mrs Morton for leading this community positive programme,” he said.

Year 8 artists Nate Wilson, Jessica Guyton, Evelyn Young, and Olivia Breese said the murals were designed by the pupils, along the themes of underwater and community.

Painted on large pieces of treated plywood, one mural depicts the creatures found in Otago Harbour, including fish and octopus, while the other showcases Brighton Beach.

Working on the murals had been an enjoyable challenge, the young artists said.

As occasional users of the Fairfield Skate Park, the children enjoyed seeing the murals around the fence line.

“It’s nice to see such colourful artworks there, it looks good,” Nate said.

Fairfield School pupils became involved in community projects from time to time, including taking part in beach clean-ups around their local area.