Mural Masterpieces - Okaihau College
'Whakapaipai' - the new quiet area, developed by the Enviro Group
at Okaihau College, Northland.
Tyson Manuel (artist), students - Mihaka Lemon, Zena Calvert,
Rueben Hendrickson, Lusieli Tuiwai-Pomare, teachers providing
guidance - Lynne Couling-Brown, Karen Deeming, Barry Birchal.
Accessible to public:
A celebration of our diversity and cultures at Okaihau College.
Background to mural creation:
Tyson was asked by the Okaihau College Enviro Group to design
and produce a mural to enhance the quiet area - 'Whakapaipai'
- and to also acknowledge the involvement of the special needs
The mural is based on important aspects of Tyson's life at Okaihau
College. He chose a cubist style because he had been learning
that style in his level 2 Art class. The central feature of the
mural is the symbol for deaf awareness week. The Maori patterns
are symbolic of Tyso's cultural heritage. The Puriri berries are
part of the school logo and the words Harmony, Truth and Effort
are part of the school's motto. Rangimarie is the Special Needs
department building. There are also images of sporting motifs,
which reflect Tyson's interests.
Tyson designed this mural in his Graphics class, with minimal
input from teachers. He spent approximately four weeks with the
assistance of other members of the team creating the finished