Mysterious painting left outside art gallery

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by Chris Tobin

An artwork left outside the Aigantighe Art Gallery after the Christchurch shooting was a lovely thought, Timaru District Council’s group manager community services Sharon Taylor said.

Gallery staff arrived last week to find a painting propped up outside the gallery with no note from or reference to the artist, or what was to be done with it.

However, by its content, the painting had been done out of sympathy for all those affected by the Christchurch tragedy.

“At first we felt it was not for us to move it so we left it there for a few days,” Ms Taylor said.

“After a few days we decided to bring it inside for display.”

The painting can now be found on a wall near the gallery entrance.

“The person who did it has real talent and if they came forward, we could act accordingly; we’d like to understand what their wishes are.”

Meanwhile, Ms Taylor said Timaru Mayor Damon Odey had been talking to the local Muslim community regarding having a 2.4m x 1.2m board on which the public could write messages of support to the families of victims and those affected by the Christchurch tragedy.

“We’d like to have background image on it and the mayor is in discussions with Muslim leaders about that.”

Once the display board was ready, it would be installed, probably at the Aigantighe Gallery.