Press Release

Fresh mural paintings on Sir Hubert Murray walls

15/11/2018

Fresh mural paintings have been added onto the concrete walls around the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium facing the Royal Papua Yacht Club.

Fresh mural paintings have been added onto the concrete walls around the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium facing the Royal Papua Yacht Club.

The mural painting of the walls around the stadium commenced in October and is expected to be completed by the end of November.

Coordinator and Project Manager Peter Ella is in charge of the mural paintings that go up onto the walls. He said he does smaller pencil sketches and with his assistant’s help, those sketches are scaled to fit the walls.

“I did the designs myself, I mostly sketch them up first using pencil sketches, then I ink them out with biros and then colour them in. I’ve got an assistant and his sort of like the projector guy, so what he does is he scales everything up onto the wall and the guys fill them up with the colours.”

The paintings on the plant boxes along the new Ela Beach (now Era Kone) and the Jacksons International Arrival Terminal are previous works of Mr Ella.

“We did the paintings on the on plant boxes at Ela Beach back in June till September, and my very first mural project was done at the Jackson International Arrival Terminal, the Jungle Faces Mural.”

Mr Ella has been painting for almost 30-years. He said he hopes that with the mural painting of the stadium walls during the hosting of APEC, he can be able to showcase his skills as a professional artist.

“I’ve been painting for almost thirty years now and as a visual artist most of the time we work in solitude, in our little studios. Working out in the open in a public place like this exposes a lot of things and a lot of opportunities have been encountered in the last couple of weeks.”

Mr Ella added that the Art Sector plays a crucial role in tourism for the country but due to the lack in support from government, the sector remains stagnant.

“I’d like to see more dialogue on the Arts Policy in the country because we currently don’t have an Arts Policy to regulate art in the country. So it’s still a stagnant industry that needs to be developed and grown.”

He urged the government to recognize this sector and support in its development.

“It would be great if the leaders, the National Cultural Commission, and the Tourism Promotion Authority could facilitate and make these things happen for the Art Sector.”