When I was a student, I used to decorate my digs with inexpensive art prints. One of my favorites was “Le Fifre” (The Fife Player) by Manet. It came as quite a surprise to find it at the Glendale Road entrance of Glenmall in Glen Eden, together with another Manet painting: “Emile Zola” – the reading man and the books being a reference to the Glen Eden Book Exchange which is behind the wall.
Hidden behind the vegetation is also a shelf filled with books, and a portrait of a young girl – the daughter of the owner of the Book Exchange. Unfortunately, taggers leave their marks from time to time, and when the anti-graffiti squad arrive, parts of the mural may change colour. The mural was painted quite some years ago by Louis Statham (who has painted about 50 murals throughout the Auckland region), with costs shared between the Book Exchange and the Waitakere City Council.
Information thanks to Bruce Sutherland of the Glen Eden Book Exchange, Craig Constable of Fleetwood Printing (Glen Eden), and the artist.