Art part of infrastructure to become council policy

Dunedin is set to have a new policy that will ensure artwork and creativity are integral to the city council's otherwise mundane infrastructure projects.

Dunedin City Council staff say the art and creativity in infrastructure policy will take the sort of art and design already popping up on the likes of Chorus boxes, bespoke cycle stands and seating and paving in the Vogel St area ''a step further''.

A report from council community arts adviser Cara Paterson said many councils in New Zealand had public arts policies about incorporating art in infrastructure, but few had specific policies on implementation or funding.

Staff had considered funding options including 1% of infrastructure budgets being allocated to public art, and a ''booster fund'' of $300,000, but it was decided money should come from within approved budgets.

''If a significant opportunity is identified, for example commissioning a public art work, there may be a decision to allocate more funding to achieve this, either from existing operational budgets or through applying to the council for further funding.''

A full meeting of the council will discuss the report tomorrow.

david.loughrey@odt.co.nz

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