Artworks feature local faces and places
DRAB telecommunications cabinets dot the country, but they are colourful pieces of artwork in the Bay of Plenty.
Chorus recently ran a competition in the Bay of Plenty calling for local artists to submit designs to beautify the cabinets, which are often targeted by taggers who leave behind unsightly graffiti.
Chorus found, through its cabinet art programme which began in 2010, thatwould-be taggers are less likely to vandalise cabinetswith murals on them out of respect for the artwork.
The winning designs were by artists Shane Walker, Shannon Wright, Jimmy Robertson and Juanita-Louise Karora, chosen for their close connection to the competition theme “our places and faces”.
Shane’s art adorns a cabinet on Hotham St. His work depicts Mount Maunganui and Matakana Island.
Shannon’s image of Tiki Taane is located on the corner of Cameron Rd and Elizabeth St. She picked Tiki as “his distinctive tattoos and sense of style is regularly seen around my neighbourhood in Papamoa”, she said.
Jimmy’s piece can be found on Aerodrome Rd. His design indicates the importance of the sea to the Bay.
Juanita-Louise’s work is based onMa¯ori tangatawhenua. The cabinet is located on Gravatt Rd.
Shane Walker’s artwork depicts Mount Maunganui and Matakana Island. Left; Shannon Wright’s artwork is of Tiki Taane, a regular in her neighbourhood.