Mark Noble unveils award-winning mural in Rotorua

Artist, Mark Noble, has unveiled his award-winning mural titled, ‘U R Nature’, on the corner of Te Ngae Road and Basley Road in Rotorua.

Mark 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 2021. This is the second year he has placed in the competition.

Mark says the mural was inspired by the Maori proverb ‘Ko au ko te taiao, ko te taiao ko au – I am the environment and the environment is me’. This is depicted in the large letters/words ‘U R Nature’, showing how we are a part of, and reliant on nature.

“Through the mural I wanted to accentuate the innate understanding that you, me, we, are reliant on fresh air, clean water, and healthy soil. The large flower is a soft reminder that nature will always be bigger and more powerful than us, thus we should respect and uphold nature to its fullest importance,” says Mark.

The Resene Nature Murals Competition, which is part of the Paint New Zealand Beautiful programme, ran from April to June 2021, 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. Artists then have 12 months to bring their mural to life.

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: “Our Nature Murals Competition is getting more popular every year. This is the fifth year we’ve run the competition in partnership with Resene, and once again we’ve been overwhelmed with not only the quantity, but the quality of the entries we’ve received. We know the benefits that beautification of public spaces can have on local communities, so we’re always excited to see it when these murals come to life.”

The ten winning artists and regions are listed below. You can view their winning designs here.

  • Brigita Mana Botma, Our Next Generation, Auckland
  • Corey Harbrow, Game Over, Christchurch
  • Denise Fort, Let’s Grow Together, Raglan
  • Deow Owen, The Journey of the Piwakawaka, Waianiwa
  • Faye Chadburn, Circalunar Rhythm, Tauranga
  • Jennifer Corbett, Feed Me, Taranaki
  • Joel Nicholls, Water Water Every Where, Auckland
  • Louie Zalk-Neale, Matairangi, Wellington
  • Mark Noble, U R Nature, Rotorua
  • Stanley Mans, Nourish Nature Naturally, Hastings

U R Nature, Mark Noble

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