Murray Chong has bought hundreds of second-hand snow skis and plans building a fence out of them to protest against a controversial artwork on the New Plymouth coastal walkway.
"It's an unofficial protest about the port sign art and the fact that council needs to be curbing expenditure," he said. "It's about money being taken and spent on things that the public haven't even been consulted on."
He says he has support from councillors who run their own businesses.
"There are councillors who back me on this but there are some councillors who have never been in business who think they can just spend money on whatever they want," he said.
Mr Chong announced in May he would be a candidate at the next council election.
His prime target is the Big Wave Territory sculpture commissioned by the Art in Public Places Trust.
The $80,000 piece consists of a billboard-sized montage of street signs pointing to New Plymouth landmarks and was created by Auckland artist John Reynolds.
Mr Chong, a mortgage broker, says his planned "artwork" cost him $420 on Trade Me, landing the 700 skis for 60 cents each.
He plans to build a 10m ski fence outside his New Plymouth business Zenvest on Northgate.
The sculpture is a taster for the 50m fence he plans to build with the remaining 600 skis on the northern outskirts of New Plymouth.
Mr Chong said his fence would likely be the longest permanent fence of its kind in the southern hemisphere and possibly the world.
Mr Chong said both Taranaki Hardcore and Kiwi Outdoors Centre have agreed to collect unwanted skis the public may wish to donate.
"This will be something iconic for Taranaki and prove that things can be done for little cost," he said.
People can expect to see the first fence installed in the next fortnight and once he finds a roadside location the larger sculpture will be built.
"I have a feeling people might say it's tacky," he said.
"If people say they don't want it then I might as well do it anyway because that's what the council does."
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