Austral Bricks today unveiling the first Brick Art Mural in New Zealand. The 25-square-metre mural was unveiled on the corner of Victoria and Salisbury Street, a prominent central city site where building once stood before the earthquake.
The Brick Art mural took four bricklayers four days to create and used over 2500 of Austral’s premium glazed Dynasty and Burlesque bricks. The labour to complete the wall was donated by the Brick and Blocklayers Federation with bricklayers from Caddick Brick and Block and Buckland Brick and Block being selected to carry out the project. The Brick Art will help raise funds for the Child Cancer Foundation to replace its quake-damaged family house.
The wall will be dismantled when rebuilding work begins on the site, with each brick being signed by a Crusaders player and auctioned to raise money for the foundation.
Foundation funding and development manager Clare Wilkinson said the quake damage meant the building, which had been a haven for child cancer patients and their families, could not be used.
The foundation had moved to temporary premises while the building's fate was determined, she said.
The Brick Art mural was unveiled by Mayor Bob Parker and children from the Child Cancer Foundation with the Mayor calling the work a ''wall of hope'' for Canterbury.
Austral Bricks national manager Cindy Driscoll said three weeks were spent on the design, featuring a bricklayer at work to represent the "dawn of the new day". "It's about sending a positive message about rebuilding, especially in brick," Driscoll said.
The site which the Brick Art mural stands on has also been landscaped by the Greening the Rubble initiative, with the Crusaders lending a hand to lay the turf and finish off this are which will be a temporary public park until the building is rebuilt. The Crusaders were also at the unveiling of the Brick Art to help raise funds for their charity of choice, Child Cancer Foundation.