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Large scale Marlborough mural a timely reminder that ‘Every drops counts’

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Two years in the works, the mural 'Every drop counts' was installed on Tuesday morning.

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Two years in the works, the mural ‘Every drop counts’ was installed on Tuesday morning.

A mural behind John’s Kitchen in Blenheim reminds Marlburians to be grateful for the “beautiful resource” of water. 

The nearly 10 metre long mural, Every drop counts, was commissioned by water engineering company SWE and created by Marlborough artist Gynelle Blake. 

After two years in the works, the mural was gifted to John’s Kitchen on Tuesday morning. 

The mural is made up of four 2440mm by 1220mm panels, and based on 15 individual photographs of various bodies of water in Marlborough. 

Blake said the artwork was about celebrating water as a precious resource in the region. 

“It’s not just about one area in Marlborough or one body of water, it was about the fact that we are surrounded, and not just in Marlborough but in the world,” she said. 

“We are lucky to have these beautiful resources around. It’s about remembering to celebrate and be grateful for what we do have.”

SWE's Dean Marshall and John Ihaka with John's Kitchen founding trustee Yvonne Dasler and artist Gynelle Blake.

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SWE’s Dean Marshall and John Ihaka with John’s Kitchen founding trustee Yvonne Dasler and artist Gynelle Blake.

She was “elated” to see the mural finally going up. Although she is used to painting large-scale murals, as well as Chorus boxes, the water mural had been the most time consuming project she had undertaken.  

Over the next few months Blake had six more Chorus boxes to complete, and also enjoyed running projects with the youth. 

“While there’s blank walls in Blenheim I’ll try to find something to put on them if I can – with permission!” she said. 

SWE Business Development Manager Dean Marshall said the donation of the mural aligned with their commitment of giving back to the community and protecting natural resources. 

The mural, painted by local artist Gynelle Blake, is located behind John's Kitchen at the Warehouse carpark.

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The mural, painted by local artist Gynelle Blake, is located behind John’s Kitchen at the Warehouse carpark.

“Down the bottom there it says ‘every drop counts’ and water is such an important feature in Marlborough, and it’s just part of our lives,” Marshall said. 

“We wanted to recognise the importance of water in the community.”

There had been some difficulty deciding where to position such a large mural, but the wall of John’s Kitchen, facing into the Warehouse carpark, was chosen four months ago. The location meant it could also be enjoyed by commuters on Redwood St. 

John’s Kitchen founding trustee Yvonne Dasler said they had been “blown away” by the generous gift of the mural.  

“It links it symbolically with what we do, the way everything flows in together … Blenheim’s built on rivers, they’re everywhere,” she said. 

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