Whāingaroa Raglan Water Tower Mural project and survey results

A call for artists interested in creating a new mural on Raglan’s landmark water reservoir has seen an excellent response from around the motu, locally and internationally.

Project Facilitator Jacqueline Anderson says 17 expressions of interest were received and the Whāingaroa Raglan Destination Management Organisation Advisory Panel now has the tough job of selecting just five to move through to Stage Two of the selection process.

“The calibre of artists who participated in the EOI process has been exceptional and we are excited about this next stage of the project,” she says.

The five short-listed artists will have until Friday, May 17 to create a concept for consideration by the panel, with the successful artist selected by early June, subject to funding approvals. 

A community survey held last month showed 67.2% of respondents supported a fresh new mural, with 25.8% wanting to see the existing mural touched-up while 7% wanted the reservoir left in its current state. 

The survey also asked for ideas for the new mural, and the key themes developed from the 270 responses are: Ocean/Water/Wai; Maunga/Mountain; Te Ao Māori; People and Community.

Keep an eye out next month, when we hope to unveil the successful artists and design.

– For further information, contact Jacqueline Anderson, Project Facilitator jacqueline@raglanihub.nz

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