Impressive numbers of committed, passionate volunteers have been actively involved with peace groups in New Zealand during the past couple of decades. Raising public awareness about the horrific facts surrounding nuclear armaments, has contributed significantly to raising the consciousness of the country as a whole.
One of the country’s biggest and best-known works of public protest is the ‘Peace Wall’ mural – 16 works of anti-war and anti-nuclear art displayed on the corner of Auckland’s Ponsonby and Karangahape Rds. Created in 1985 and 1986, on Tuesday 3 March 2009, digital enlargements of eight more works by leading New Zealand artists will be added.
The contributing artists are Dick Frizzell, Charlotte Graham, Julian Hooper, Alexis Hunter, Emily Karaka, Seraphine Pick, John Pule and John Reynolds. The original works will be at the John Leech Gallery in Auckland until March 13. One of the original artists, Margaret Lawlor-Bartlett, states that 25 years later, the threat of nuclear arms has not gone away. ‘It’s a huge issue and it’s ongoing. And this is a huge mural and it’s ongoing.’ Such public projects are a tribute to the power of volunteer energy, skills and creativity working as ‘agents for change.’
Excerpt Sunday Star Times and Volunteer Wellington