Exciting News - Cromwell’s Mural Project Begins!

Cromwell is getting a new piece of public art. A massive mural is to be painted on the white wall at the entrance to Lode Lane, opposite the bus station.

The mural project is being led by local artist Andrew Price and supported by Cromwell and Districts Community Trust and Cromwell Community Board.

The mural will visually represent Cromwell’s ‘Past, Present & Future’; who we are, what the local stories and legends are, and why we are so proud to come from this great town.

In order to learn who and what makes Cromwell tick, Andrew will facilitate video interviews with many different community groups in Cromwell. Cromwell Primary School, Goldfields Primary School and Year 10 students from Cromwell College will be undertaking the interviews who will ultimately learn how to edit these video-interviews.

Primary school and College students will also be interviewing their parents, grand-parents and each other to learn about Cromwell’s past, what we think of Cromwell today and what are our hopes for the town’s future. Parents and Grand-parents will be invited along to interview sessions at the schools.

These video interviews will record Cromwell’s contemporary history with the finalised videos being entered into the Central Otago memorybank.co.nz and becoming part of the Central Stories museum collection.

Andrew believes that there is so much to this town, so much energy and optimism, and that we all enjoy a great standard of living in one of the most beautiful places on earth - let’s show the world who we are!

Andrew, the Cromwell and Districts Community Trust and the Cromwell Community Board, are passionate about where we call home and believe we should have a new piece of public art that represents us to the 100,000’s of tourists who visit Cromwell each year.

Work on the project begins next week with the mural due for completion in early November 2014.

This video documents the production of the Alexandra murals for Thyme Week Festival in Alexandra, November 2013.

The mural was funded by Alexandra Community Arts Council and received further sponsorship from PlaceMakers, Mitre10, QT Creative Kids, Vincent’s Signs Alexandra, Resene, and MasterWood Cromwell,

The murals were produced as a result from a protracted collaboration between the artist Andrew Price and the various stakeholders: The Youth Forum, Ignite Youth Group, Alexandra primary, Clyde primary, Terrace primary and St. Gerard’s primary schools.

(Source: vimeo.com)