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Monday, 11 December 2017 12:58 pm

WATCH: Capital bus shelters gets eye-catching makeovers

A KHANDALLAH bus shelter is getting a makeover thanks to Kapiti artist Ellen Coup.

The muralist was hand-picked by the Wellington City Council to paint the old-fashioned bus shelter on Mandalay Terrace.

The makeovers are part of the council’s project to reduce tagging and graffiti and create a sense of safety in the community.

Ms Coup’s theme for the bus shelter is bees and community gardens.

She says the mural is part of a campaign for a community garden on a vacant plot of land in the suburb.

Ms Coup says she is not bothered when her work is defaced by taggers.

“For all of my murals, once I’ve finished them I let them go, and they become the community’s to interact with as they see fit,” she says.

Her bus shelter joins others around the city getting a makeover, including Te Aro, Berhampore, Newtown and Newlands.

Ellen Coup's sitting next to her bus shelter

BUZZY BEES: Kapiti artist Ellen Coup paints a Khandallah bus shelter as part of the council’s mural project. IMAGE: Liam Cavanagh

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