Local talent beautifies Botany

Sixteen year old Olivia King is a whizz with the paint brush and recently painted one of the Chorus cabinets in Botany Town Centre.

After entering the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust’s competition, the Waiuku local was selected as one of four artists to design and paint the cabinets around South Auckland.
While Olivia has done many paintings before, she said this artwork was “definitely the biggest. It was a lot bigger than I expected,” she said.

It took her four full days of painting to get it done, and she finished just before Christmas.
“It was a great experience.”

She said people would comment as they walked by. “I had good feedback from people on the street. They said it looked good.” Olivia said that feedback wasn’t the only thing people gave, with some giving her food.

The theme for the Chorus cabinets this year was ‘Nurturing our Forests together’. Olivia chose a fun and colourful design, and a different style to her typical artworks.
“I don’t usually do that type of cartoon, but I tried to make it child friendly to promote the idea for younger people.”

The Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust’s art cabinet competition in partnership with Chorus, aims to help local artists get their work seen, beautify the area, educate the community and reduce graffiti at the same time.

Another Chorus box located on the corner of East Street and Valley Road in Pukekohe was painted by Karen Moody.

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