Art design sought for street cabinets

Last updated 12:00 26/08/2014

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Plans to decorate eight phone cabinets across Levin could result in less graffiti in the surrounding area.

Designs are being sought for art to decorate the Chorus telecommunications street cabinets, a follow-on from the painting of six cabinets last year.

"In 2013 we targeted the cabinets that had been regularly tagged in days gone by," Horowhenua deputy mayor Garry Good said.

"Since the cabinets have been painted I can't recall any instances of vandalism and we've also noticed a reduction in tagging in the areas surrounding these cabinets.

"The transformation of street appeal has been tremendous," he said.

Designs can be submitted to Horowhenua District Council up until 5pm on Friday, October 10.

The council's pride and vibrancy committee will select the best designs from the submissions. There is potential for designing artists to be able to paint the street cabinets themselves.

Four full size cabinets located across Levin are included in this year's programme, along with four smaller cabinets on Cambridge St.

Last year Horowhenua artist Wendy Hodder painted six cabinets, from both her own designs and designs created in collaboration with members of the community.

Good said this year the committee wanted to give designers the first right to paint their designs on to the cabinets.

He said designers should indicate whether they want the opportunity to also paint the cabinet, should their design be successful.

Good said he hoped Levin youth would submit designs, while the cabinet on the corner of Cambridge St and Bath St provided an opportunity "for something really special" to recognise those who served in the armed forces due to its proximity to the town's war memorial.

To submit a design or for more information, contact community projects officer Cathryn Pollock on 06 366 0999, or email cathrynp@horowhenua.govt.nz.

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- Manawatu Standard

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