Telecommunications cabinets around Dunedin have traditionally
been targets for taggers.
But Chorus and the Dunedin City Council hope to change that
by dressing the cabinets in art works which tell stories
about the communities in which they are located.
Council policy planner Glen Hazelton said Chorus would pay
$1000 for each cabinet, which included the design, painting
and application of graffiti guard - a specialist coating to
prevent permanent damage from vandalism and the cleaning
''The graffiti guard is supplied and materials, such as paint
and brushes, are paid for on top of the fee,'' Dr Hazelton
''Artists are provided with instructions on how to prepare
the cabinet and graffiti-guard it once the painting is
finished, with payment made once the work is satisfactorily
Chorus is looking for proposals for art works from Dunedin
artists, for cabinets located in Brockville, Caversham,
Kaikorai, North Dunedin (including the university and
polytechnic area) and South Dunedin.
Dr Hazelton said the council was helping to collate the
proposals and organise consent for the works.
The council was now inviting proposals from interested
artists around the city.
''To be considered to work on a cabinet, please supply an A4
hand sketch of your design, clearly define which cabinet your
design is for, include a short description of what the design
means, and a brief biography of any relevant experience,
including visual material.''
Proposals should be sent to the council by June 19.
Dr Hazelton said Chorus would make the final decisions on
which art works would be painted, and would consult the
adjoining landowner, before engaging the artists to do the
work. It was hoped the art works would be completed as soon