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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 process.
''The graffiti guard is supplied and materials, such as paint and brushes, are paid for on top of the fee,'' Dr Hazelton said.
''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 completed.''
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 as possible.