Countdown mural a step closer

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It is now up to Countdown head office to decide whether or not a planned mural for the large plain white wall on its Oamaru store goes ahead.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher has been working with four artists from around town to come up with some plans they feel will best cover the large white space area on the back of the Countdown building on Thames St.

In August, Mr Kircher announced Countdown head office had given him approval to investigate the possibility of covering the wall with a mural.

Concept plans have been decided, but won’t be released until they receive full backing from head office.

“I’m not going to be releasing the plans because they may not give us approval to do anything on the wall. The artists have given me plans to pick which I’m sending away and then we’ll have to wait for Countdown to see if we can go ahead with the mural.”

While it has taken a while to organise, Mr Kircher said he was happy with the outcome.

“I’m pleased with what we’ve come up with and hopefully Countdown give us the seal of approval needed to release the plans and start work.”

Work could be done in two stages and Mr Kircher hoped to have a couple of walls done by March.

“There’s an outdoor art expo on in March sometime and we’re hoping to unveil a part of the mural then,” he said.

The idea to paint the wall originated after a number of complaints were posted to the mayor’s Facebook page saying something needed to be done with the wall.

Mr Kircher is unsure when he will hear back from Countdown’s head office.

By Brayden Lindsay

PHOTO: FILE – Gary Kircher and Countdown Oamaru manager Barry Ware in front of the Countdown wall where a mural is planned.