New Zealand Soil Bureau

In the early 1960s Government Architect F. G. F Sheppard and the Director of the New Zealand Soil Bureau commissioned E. Mervyn Taylor to create a mural for a new modernist building they were developing for the park-like grounds of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) agency at Gracefield, Lower Hutt.

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E. Mervyn Taylor, First Kumera Planting mural in situ, Taita Soil Bureau building, Lower Hutt. Image courtesy of New Zealand Society of Soil Science.