Traditional designs transform eyesore

A roadside strip at Fagali'i, which was previously overgrown and served as a dumping ground for rubbish from passers by has undergone a transformation.

The reason?

A recently-erected corrugated iron fence which wraps around a corner property has been painted by self-taught and talented artist, Jerry Ieremia who lives nearby.

With the encouragement and help of Naea Asolelei To’alepai and Fiona Collins, this young man has tackled the challenges of painting on a non-flat surface.

The intricate, triangular blocks of work include traditional tatau motifs and other shapes depicting the environment, Samoan weaponry, the sea and the land.

They are linked by simple frigate birds soaring and dipping between the designs.

“It took me about nine hours to do the painting,” said Jerry.

But that was after first sketching his design ideas on paper, critiquing his own work and then seeking feedback from Naea and Fiona.

As a result of this striking transformation, his work has come to the attention of the local mayor, who commended and congratulated him. 

He has also had approaches from local business people and the Samoa Tourism Authority offering him the possibility of work for which he is grateful. Jerry can be contacted at 7282464. 

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