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colourful addition to Roxburgh’s heritage will be revealed in January.

Auckland artist Hayley King, known as Flox, will cover a Victorian building at 96 Scotland St with a huge mural.

The project has been developed by the Teviot Valley Community Development Scheme alongside the Central Otago District Arts Trust.

Arts trust co-ordinator Rebekah de Jong said it was thrilled at the project.

Flox would work alongside fellow street artist Ross Liew, also known as Trust Me, to teach people about street art.

A series of free street art workshops would take place in January to allow the community to contribute to the ideas for the mural, Ms de Jong said.

“This is a massive opportunity to learn skills from one of the best street artists in New Zealand at the same time as contribute ideas which could help inform the final design of Teviot’s own piece of street art,” Ms de Jong said.

Discussions were underway about creating an explanation panel that could sit in the shopfront of the building.

The building at 96 Scotland St was built in 1869 and was at present used as accommodation, owner John Kerr said.

For many years it was the Magnet Tearooms. An advertisement in the Mt Benger Mail from 1938 described the tearooms as having a “wonderful choice of confectionery”, fresh homemade cakes and pies and “first quality tea”.

Mr Kerr said he would remove a veranda from the front of the building to enhance the exterior of the Victorian facade.

This could also allow the mural to extend around the side of the building to the front aspect on Scotland St.

Street art workshops

  • January 10, 5pm to 8pm at Faigan’s Cafe and General Store.
  • January 11, 5.30pm to 8.30pm, 96 Scotland St.
  • January 12, times to be confirmed at Cherry Chaos, Roxburgh Sports Ground.

For information and to register email info@centralotagoarts.com

 

SIMON.HENDERSON

@thenews.co.nz