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New Cornwall Park mural sends environmental message

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A new mural has appeared in Cornwall Park over Easter, a winning design from the Nature Murals Competition, part of the KEEP New Zealand Beautiful programme.

Co-sponsored by Resene, the competition asked contenders to create a mural with an environmental message, and Hawke’s Bay artist Stan Mans’ entry earned him one of the 10 winning spots across the country.

Titled “Generation to Generation”, Mr Mans said his mural idea went further than just appreciating beautiful New Zealand nature.

“A critical part of good stewardship is teaching and guiding the next generation with good values and morals, implanting and nurturing within them the knowledge of care and sustainability.”

The design comprises five panels depicting a timeline as one generation passes the message of care, protection and enjoyment to the next generation.

A video of how the project was done will appear on his website www.StanMansArt.com next week.

Among the other winning murals, artists depicted anything from protecting bees and wetlands to controlling the amount of plastic going into the ocean.

Needing a wall to paint on, he said he was grateful to Hastings District Council for providing a space at Cornwall Park on the fence behind the bird aviary off Cornwall Rd.

Hastings district councillor Ann Redstone, whose portfolio includes parks and reserves, was delighted to see the finished artwork in place.

“It's really great to see our parks being brought to life with these beautiful murals, which can add a whole new dimension of environmental education to our green spaces.”

30 April 2019

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