New Otis Frizzell mural unveiled

It's famous as the gumboot throwing capital of New Zealand, and now Taihape boasts a mural by one of the country's best known artists.

Otis Frizzell completed the project this month as part of the 'HeART of the Community project.'

The initiative has already seen rural supply company Farmlands commission seven murals painted on the outside of each chosen town's Farmlands store.

Each depicts rural New Zealand and captures the community's local spirit, history and environment. 

The mural celebrates rural New Zealand.
The mural celebrates rural New Zealand. Photo credit: Supplied

Mr Frizzell worked on the mural over five days and said he was honoured to bring his art to life in rural New Zealand.

"Taihape's already a national icon - it's the gumboot throwing capital of New Zealand, and probably the world," he said.

The completion of the mural was marked with a public celebration and gifting ceremony, complete with gumboot throwing competition.

Local school children visit to check on progress.
Local school children visit to check on progress. Photo credit: Supplied

Otis Frizzell has a go at gumboot throwing to celebrate completing the mural.
Otis Frizzell has a go at gumboot throwing to celebrate completing the mural. Photo credit: Supplied

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