Gisborne artist Leah McCann is grateful to people who stopped to talk and give her feedback as she painted.
It helped her get through those winter days when her hands were freezing cold and numb, she says.
The towering painting on the Bright Street side of the former King’s Theatre building was driven by a phrase in her head — “the flowers of every tomorrow are in the seeds of today”.
Ms McCann, 36, says the work incorporates everything about this region — the first to see the sun, the three rivers are in the blue of the sky, the flowers represent community members and the blue dots on the hill are the seeds of tomorrow. The various shapes and sizes of the flowers represent different cultures.
She has named the work Flower Mountain.
The mural is part of Project Ataahua’s Young Enterprise Scheme mission to beautify Gisborne city by commissioning public artworks.
This is the sixth mural the YES company has commissioned and it was unveiled last Friday when the team led a mural tour around the inner city sites.
The Flower Mountain mural was painted with the help of Eastland Community Trust, Resene, Eastland Scaffolding, Hirepool and McCannics.
Ms McCann is grateful for the vision and hard work of Project Ataahua, which made her mural possible.
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