Perspex Box For New Plymouth Airport Mural Declined

New Plymouth airport has had the honour of housing the commemorative mural for the past 50 years. It has been situated above the check-in area at the airport since day one. The mural signifies a milestone in New Zealand aviation. Plans to move the mural outside and housing it in a perspex box have not been met with appreciation by the District Councillors.

Renovations cause displeasure

The airport in New Plymouth is currently undergoing massive renovations and upgrading, involving costs expected to amount to approximately $25 million. The culture related design of the Puketapu Hapu will be the priority focus of the $25 million expansion. The plans include removing the Kingsford-Smith mural and placing it outside, encased in a perspex box. The display will incorporate a number of artefacts relating to aviation. The area will be in perfect view of the runway. The biggest problem is that not many will stop on their way into the airport. Let’s face it. When you land all you want to do is get into the building. The beauty and history that lies within the mural and other artefacts may be lost to the world.

Councillors not happy

Councillor Gordon Brown has voiced his displeasure at the plans to move the historical piece from its place of pride in the airport. Besides the fact that a mural of historical significance will be relocated to the outside of the building, one can only suspect that the risk of theft or damage to the mural will be an obvious factor to take into account. The mural that is taking centre stage in the debate is one which depicts the first crossing by a passenger over the Tasman Sea, and vividly shows Kingsford-Smith on arrival at Bell Block way back in 1933. You would think something so significant to aviation in New Zealand would be better treated for its historical value.

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