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Artwork to wow fans on walk to Lions game

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/06/2017

Waikato's communities and the countries that make up the British and Irish Lions will be colourfully presented for the crowd walking up to Waikato Stadium next week.

The creative endeavour of children from 16 schools across the Waikato region has resulted in artwork that will be shown down Heaphy Terrace, Boundary Road and Mill, Hood, Victoria, Bryce and Tristam streets for punters to enjoy as they make their way to the Chiefs versus Lions match on Tuesday night.

Hamilton City Council's major events director Chad Hooker says engaging the schools to create the paintings adds a local flavour to the highly anticipated game and "marks the way" for visitors to the stadium.

"They've come up with some great pieces, seizing on some of the iconic features of their towns and the Lions' nations," he said.

Schools from Hamilton, Thames Valley, Waipa and greater Waikato were represented.

Pupils from Aberdeen School's Room 26 in Hamilton chose a fittingly Scotland theme to their work.

Teacher Michelle Parkes says lunchtimes over the past fortnight were spent on their illustration, with research on Scottish icons done beforehand.

"It was hard but fun trying to represent a country and sport through visual images only," she said.

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