Award-winning mural unveiled in Christchurch

Christchurch artist, Corey Harbrow, has unveiled his award-winning mural titled ‘Adventures of Lucky n’ Bobs’ on the pavilion wall in the Broadhaven Reserve in Parklands.

Corey was one of ten winners from across the country who took out the top prize in Keep New Zealand Beautiful’s Resene Nature Murals Competition 2020.

The mural depicts a cartoon of two superhero dogs ‘Lucky n’ Bobs’ with a light-hearted message to look after the area, clean up after yourself and your dog and be kind to all animals.

“With plenty of foot traffic where dog walkers start their stroll through Bottle Lake Forest, I thought it was the perfect place to help brighten the area with a light and cheerful comic book style design, while providing a positive message for everybody to do their part and keep the area tidy.” says Corey.

“It’s a real privilege to be able to showcase my design in the community I grew up in, and the pavilion wall in Broadhaven Reserve had been screaming out for a bit of colour!”

The Resene Nature Murals Competition, which is part of the Paint New Zealand Beautiful programme, ran from April 2020 to June 2020, with artists encouraged to submit mural designs which included an environmental message. Artists from around the country sent in their designs, with the top ten murals selected based on their environmental message, enhancement of the community, and originality/creativity.

Winning designs receive a $1000 grant upon completion, along with a $750 Resene paint voucher and other materials to paint their mural.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO, Heather Saunderson, said: “This is the fourth year we have partnered with Resene to run our Nature Murals Competition and we were absolutely amazed by both the quality and quantity of entries this year. Research has shown that the beautification of public spaces deters vandalism and anti-social behaviour such as littering and graffiti, and increases civic pride. We’re proud to partner with Resene again on this programme and we’re excited to see these murals come to life and beautify their little corners of New Zealand.”

The ten winning artists and regions are listed below, with their designs visible here.

  • Brigita Botma, Keep Our Home Clean NZ!, Auckland
  • Corey Harbrow, Adventures of Lucky n’ Bobs, Christchurch
  • Elise Grangier and James Mitchell, Mind the Balance, Wellington
  • Fiona Clarke, Our Planet, Auckland
  • Jil Sergent, Trouble in the Pegasus Basin, Hawke’s Bay
  • Kelly McGinley, Kaitiakitanga o te Moana, Tauranga
  • Kiran Parbhu, Power, Wellington
  • Mark Noble, Care For The World, And It Shall Care For You, Rotorua
  • Nest Arts Collective, In Our Hands, Rangiora
  • Ngā Atua Hou, Mangonui Mural Project, Mangonui

Adventures of Lucky n’ Bobs, Corey Harbrow

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