Taupo¯’s Cho­rus cab­i­nets are now pieces of art

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STUFF.CO.NZ Five plain Cho­rus cab­i­nets around the Taupo¯ dis­trict are now works of art.

Cho­rus started its cab­i­net art pro­gramme in 2010 in a bid to pre­vent van­dal­ism of its tele­com’s cab­i­nets. While the other­wise drab, blank, metal units pro­vided the per­fect can­vas for tag­gers, Cho­rus found that would-be tag­gers were far less likely to graf­fiti over top of a fel­low artist’s hard work.

Auck­land based artist, Paul Walsh, got in­volved in the ini­tia­tive in mid-2013 and has just com­pleted his 40th mu­ral across Auck­land, Ro­torua and Taupo¯ .

His most re­cent works were com­pleted in Taupo¯ where he has beau­ti­fied five tele­coms cab­i­nets within a mat­ter of weeks; the Blue Ko¯ura, Puriri Moth, Ski Bunny, Psy­che­delic Sun­set and Karanga­hake Cliffs can all be found around the Taupo¯ dis­trict. There is also an­other Cho­rus cab­i­net with Walsh’s Ruapehu Rooster.

De­cid­ing on what to put where was an easy task for Walsh and he got a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from the town it­self.

*More pic­tures of Walsh’s work are on page 27

Paul Walsh’s ‘Ski Bunny’ which is out­side Farm­ers.

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