Splash of colour for Centennial Park toilets
The new loos at Centennial Park in Te Awamutu have received a splash of colour, following a public art competition run by Waipā District Council.
The Designer Dunny competition invited local artists to submit an original concept which would be applied to the toilet block using a graphic wrap.
Council’s community services manager Sally Sheedy, one of the competition judges, said the calibre of entries was high.
“We received a range of outstanding paintings, photos and illustrations, which made selecting the winning entry a difficult decision.
“The winning entry is a natural fit for the park and evokes a fun, playful spirit.”
The entry was created by local artist Teresa Siemonek, who depicted a kōtare (kingfisher), tūī, kōwhai tree and raupō plants in her artwork.
The result is a colourful addition to Centennial Park, a local recreational area popular with families, residents and visitors to the town for its range of walking tracks, skatepark and outdoor basketball half-court.
Teresa works as an art tutor for support organisation Enrich Plus in Te Awamutu and has been painting and tutoring for 20 years.
She says her painting was inspired by the natural area surrounding Centennial Park.
“I was delighted to hear that I’d won the competition, as it’s so rewarding to have artwork on display for the community to enjoy.”
Council’s community facilities team leader Brad Ward said the artwork would bring colour and vibrancy to Centennial Park.
“It’s great see art by local artists bring public spaces to life. We know this artwork will be enjoyed by many people for years to come.”
People wishing to see the artwork on display can head down to the Centennial Park toilets on Rewi Street, Te Awamutu.