Dannevirke remembers bygone bullock days

Mr G recently visited the town of Dannevirke to complete the fifth HeART of the Community art project.

Although this mural is the smallest of they’ve painted so far, it tells an important story of Dannevirke’s farming history.

Named for the Danish and Norwegian families that settled there in 1872, the town of Dannevirke thrived well into the 20th century on the back of farming prosperity. The Dannevirke mural depicts a team of Hereford bullocks, which were commonly used to transport goods in the area during the early 1900s.

The week was action packed with plenty of people stopping to chat to Mr G and his wife Milly as the artwork took shape – around 200 people turned up to the official unveiling to see the finished product.

Mr G says he loves the opportunity to feel the heart and vibe of each community that he paints the murals for.

“The joy for me is not just painting the mural and using my art to tell local stories but it’s actually connecting with the locals,” he says. “It’s a huge part of mine and my wife’s heart. We love to connect with people in a real and genuine way.”

Dannevirke Mayor Tracy Collis was delighted her town had the chance to be a part of the project and to bring the focus back on the people who contribute so much to the community.

“We are very excited to receive our own specially- designed mural,” she says. “We have a tight knit community of hard-working, friendly and hospitable people and it is always a pleasure to host other people here and show them the Dannevirke way.”

There are 10 more Farmlands stores in line to receive a Mr G makeover – you can follow Mr G and the HeART of the Community project on the Farmlands Facebook page, Instagram or at www.heartofthecommunity.co.nz