I was commissioned by Street Prints to create this Mural in Mt Maunganui, New Zealand.
The theme for the Street Prints 2020 Festival in Mauao is "Ahakoa he iti, he Pounamu".
The english translation being "Although small, it is Precious".
The creative brief signifies the importance of children and youth and the importance of taking small steps to care for them as a community. As well as looking after the environment and earth so that it is still here for future generations.
My take on the theme led me to create a variety of shapes, including Koru and Hei Matau (fish hook).
I also felt it was important to represent the small and the large, symbolic of the children, youth and elders within our local community. The overarching message within my mural is that with all of our differences, we are the strongest when we work together as a community. That each element within my mural, though it may be small in size, it is important, it is precious to the end result.
I created the initial concept using a paper collage.
Once I was happy with the overall feel, I scanned the elements into Adobe Illustrator. This enabled me to play around with shapes and colours to get the right balance and scale.