Taupo¯’s Chorus cabinets are now pieces of art
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.