Panmure's Roller Door Project
For a long time, members of the Panmure Business Association’s Board have wanted to enliven Panmure’s roller doors, as they make our town look a little sad when businesses lock up.
With funding from Auckland Transport, we had a fantastic opportunity to add artwork to fifteen roller doors along Queens Rd. An expression of interest went out to the arts community and three artists were chosen. Roller doors are not easy to paint with detail, so each design needed to be simple.
We are thrilled to have now completed three doors, and we thank the owners of Hesari Bakery, Willow Hair Design and Blossom Court for being so patient with the process. Hesari’s design was created by artist John Dempsey whose artwork recognises the significance of Maungarei, the Panmure Basin and the Tāmaki River. Willow Hair’s was created by Leone Ikinepule, a Samoan artist with a strong sense of Tāmaki community and culture. Her design of a Pacifica girl wearing a hibiscus flower head piece fitted beautifully with the roller door being on a hair studio. Blossom Court’s design was created by Jia Luo, whose design “Tāmaki Blossoms” reflects the meeting of two cultures represented by the pohutukawa flower for New Zealand and the peony for China.
Preparation for installations on more roller doors is currently underway as well as an installation by Ngati Paoa iwi affiliated artists around the middle of the Town on the ShoeZone doors and around the Historic Mural alleyway.