Tina: When you view the mural from the Courtenay Place end, you are brought in by a giant theatre curtain. It falls from the top of the building and swings across the wall echoing the drama within the building and forming a protective korowai. It's based on the architecture inside the building, which is very Rococo-esque and influenced by the plasterwork of the theatre’s interior.
At the top of the curtain you can see there’s a cherub with kererū wings, blowing into a conch shell (pūoro). It looks down at the tuna, signifying that they’re having a conversation, exchanging music and inviting wildlife back into the stream.
What was the process like?
Keri-Mei: Well, we didn’t know each other before this!
Tina: The biggest challenge for me was the height. I’ve been painting in theatres my whole life, but for some reason this big scissor lift was so loud and grunty, when it swayed it would freak me out!
Keri-Mei: Yea, manoeuvring the machinery was tricky. It was also my first mural and was so large-scale. There’s so much detail involved that not many people might see - the thickness of lines are intentional, we discussed every little bit. The whole thing was done by hand as well. It’s physical work!