Community pride moves south

Invercargill welcomes Farmlands’ HeART of the Community project and Mr G.

Paeroa was first. Now Invercargill’s Farmlands store has the second of 15 locally inspired art pieces, created as part of his biggest project to date.

At the launch event on Saturday 10th June, excited locals and members of the Munro family got their first glimpse of the massive 7m x 10m mural featuring Burt Munro of “the world’s fastest Indian” fame. The mural theme was chosen by the Farmlands Invercargill team, who wanted to pay tribute to the local legend.

According to Invercargill City Mayor Tim Shadbolt, Burt’s portrait is the perfect embodiment of Invercargill’s “pioneering and determined spirit”. The portrait is also situated in prime position along the current circuit of the Burt Munro Challenge.

Working from his home in Invercargill, Burt spent 20 years highly modifying his 1920 Indian motorcycle to satisfy his love of speed. He set his first New Zealand speed record in 1938 and went on to set three world speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA, one of which still stands. This August will mark the 50-year anniversary of this unbeaten record.

Mr G says he was very excited about undertaking the project’s first South Island mural. “I consider it an honour to be able to create an iconic mural in such a beautiful and unique part of Aotearoa. Painting Burt has been an honour and a privilege.”