Westfield WestCity Mural

West Auckland boasts a stunning artwork, the largest of its kind, with Project Twin Streams’ Kei Tua Mai WestCity mural – the culmination of over 18 months work involving over 1,000 West Auckland residents.

The 27 metre long mural was delivered to its new home alongside the Oratia Stream at Westfield’s WestCity shopping centre in nine panels and took contractors ten days to install. The mural is massive in scale and weaves together a number of intricate details. It features 500 mosaic fish, 60 self portraits and six mosaic koru creating a shimmering stream surrounded by lush vegetation, wildlife and birds. The community is represented by a series of self portraits which all stand in unison to protect and restore West Auckland’s waterways. Six mosaic koru, ranging from 1.5 to 2.5 metres, bookend the mural and represent the guardianship role we have over mother earth.

Each of these individual elements had to be fitted together like an enormous jigsaw puzzle, then grouted in place. Even the 80,000 plus individual pebbles that surround the fish were hand glued!

A Partnership Approach

The mural is the result of a longstanding partnership between Project Twin Streams and Westfield WestCity and has proved a great point of pride for those schools, community groups and local residents who contributed. For those involved it encouraged fresh thinking about their relationship with both the stream, the wider environmental issues and created a sense of ownership and pride in the area.

Thank You

To the following schools and community groups who contributed:

  • Agape Home Care
  • ACG Sunderland School
  • Armour Bearers Youth Group
  • Barnados Waitakere
  • Birdwood Primary School
  • Bruce McLaren Intermediate School
  • Carey Park Holiday Programme
  • Child Youth and Family Services
  • Flanshaw Road Primary School
  • Green Bay Primary School
  • Henderson Primary School
  • Holy Cross School
  • Lincoln Heights Primary School
  • Mary MacKillop Education Centre
  • MPHS Holiday Programme
  • Nga Kakano O Te Kaihango Trust
  • Ranui Baptist Church
  • Ranui Primary School
  • Sunnyvale Primary School
  • Swanson Primary School
  • Vision Waitakere Gardens
  • Way Out West
  • Western Heights Primary School
  • West Auckland Christian Home School

Thanks also to the over 350 community members who participated in fish painting workshops held in Westfield WestCity.