Artwork welcomes returning students

A bland set of concrete stairs has been turned into a feature by local artist Treena Wilton and Kingsway students. Treena says the work is a swansong for students who left the school in 2015-2017.

New entrants and returning students at Kingsway Junior School have former Year 6s to thank for the large tile mural that decorates the stairs to their school.

Around 240 students worked with local ceramic artist Treena Wilton in a three-year project to turn the plain concrete risers of the stairs into something beautiful.

Treena, who has children at Kingsway, says the junior campus was fairly new in 2015 and a lot of it was concreted and grey. She says her offer of creating a tiled artwork to brighten things up was immediately taken up by the school.

She enlisted the help of the senior students (Year 6) every year from 2015-2017, to complete the project.

In total, there are 380 tiles, all of which began as a ball of clay that Treena rolled with a rolling pin into the right thickness and shape. She planned the picture, taking inspiration from the story of Jacob in the Bible. The design was painted on a grid and then Treena worked with the students, who decorated 1-3 tiles each.

All the tiles were put in place in the final weeks of the recent school holidays, and Treena says the result is exactly what she had hoped for. It depicts the view of Orewa Beach from the northern lookout.

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