A combined effort by Raglanders has seen the water tower mural restored after it was damaged in a graffiti attack a few weeks ago. Generous donations by individuals, businesses and organisations allowed the fix-it work to go ahead.
The Raglan Community Arts Council arranged for Raglan artist, Tracy Brechelt of Designs from the Back Of the Fridge to undertake the work. Tracy is an experienced stage set designer and had the right mix of artistic talents to do the repair.
Donations were received from:
- Bill Forrest
- Grant Cushman
- Hannah & Associates
- Jenny Carter
- Latesha Randall
- Raglan Backpackers
- Raglan Chamber of Commerce
- Raglan Surfing School
- Rodger and Virginia Gallagher
- Sue and Rob Noble
- The Raglan House
- Wiremu Demchick
There were 13 donations in all totalling $965. In addition Murdo Shaw, Regional Manager for Wattyl arranged for Wattyl Paints to donate a pallet of cans of Solarguard paint.
Along the way it has been great to have had many supportive messages. I’ve included two below.
Kia ora Rodger,
Having designed and worked on the ‘mural’ in the eighties and having represented what Whaingaroa appeared to me on those days…….
I still feel very much sentimentally attached to these pictures, to the site where it still is and to the people, Maoris and Pakehas, that it represents!
As I read from your advert the community wants to restore it and I wish I were in New Zealand to be involved in this project……..
Anyway if any artistic advice should be needed from my side please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours faithfully Maurizio Sarsini (Artist & Architect)
Nga mihi ki a Maurizio mo tona tautoko hei whakatika tena taonga mo te rohe o Whaingaroa.
Thank you to all who supported the restoration work.
Raglan Community Arts Council