Rarotonga-based Mexican artist Gonzalo Aldana and local artist Katu Teiti (closer to camera) work on the Nikao seawall mural. MARAE MOANA/22031610
The team behind a massive sea wall mural in Rarotonga hope it will be complete within the next few months.
Work on the 560
metre sea wall mural in Nikao began about three weeks ago, after several months
of consultation and preparation.
founder Kevin Iro said he had been pleased with the progress so far, which has
largely been undertaken by Rarotonga-based Mexican artist Gonzalo Aldana and
local artist Katu Teiti.
“We want this
mural, which will be the largest of its kind in the South Pacific, to tell the
story of the Cook Islands’ 15 islands,” Iro said.
“We’re hoping it
will be an educational experience.”
Iro said it had
been a long process to get approval for the mural, but the work was a
collaboration between multiple agencies, including the Cook Islands Government,
and environmental advocacy group Seacology.
The proposal was
also supported by Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC) board members and
Cabinet. Cultural Development Minister George Angene will be the focal point
for the work at the seawall.
challenge so far has been the heat,” Iro said. “But the pieces are really
Iro said he
expected the mural to become a tourist attraction once it was complete.
“It will replace
the grey, drab wall and replace it with something exciting,” he said.
“I feel we’ve made
all the right decisions on this. It should be complete within the next few