Cam­bridge cre­ative cab­i­nets

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

Artist Amanda Her­bert, has been beau­ti­fy­ing nu­mer­ous Cho­rus tele­coms cab­i­nets in the Waipa Dis­trict, com­plet­ing five mu­rals in May.

First to be com­pleted was her work on a Pope Ter­race cabi­net, not far from an in­ter­sec­tion and a main road in Leam­ing­ton. Her­bert de­signed the piece, called ‘Row­ers Ready,’ to cel­e­brate row­ing.

She in­cor­po­rated the Keep New Zealand Beau­ti­ful (KNZB) char­i­ta­ble trust logo on the side, to recog­nise the part­ner­ship be­tween it and Cho­rus. Cho­rus en­gaged KNZB about a year ago, due to the pop­u­lar­ity and mag­ni­tude of the pro­gramme, and KNZB’s shared goal to erad­i­cate van­dal­ism.

Next to be adorned with a mu­ral was a cabi­net on Grey Street, close to Cam­bridge Mid­dle School. ‘Birds of a Feather’ was cre­ated to be a fun and quirky piece of art for kids in the area.

Her­bert de­cided on an­other quirky de­sign, to go on a cabi­net at the Cor­ner of Queen and Al­bert Streets.

She says: “I found this cabi­net look­ing graf­fiti cov­ered and with black mould on it.

“I had fun paint­ing it! This is an older box in Cam­bridge and I wanted to show in hu­mour how far we have come with tele­phones and the in­ter­net.”

On Bath Street, Her­bert de­cided to adorn a cabi­net with a but­ter­fly mu­ral due to her love of na­ture.

Lastly, Her­bert com­pleted ‘Jig­saw’ on the cor­ner of Queen and Grey Streets. She says: “This cabi­net has quite a bit of foot traf­fic walk­ing past, so I had a lot of looks from the pub­lic. The res­i­dent whose house it was out­side was glad that it fi­nally had a clean-up and make over.”

Her­bert re­mains com­mit­ted to cabi­net mu­ral work and hopes to do more in both the Waipa Dis­trict, and Hamil­ton in the fu­ture.

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Clock­wise, from top: A cho­rus tele­com cabi­net in the Waipa Dis­trict. The art work is called 'Row­ers Ready,' The art work is to cel­e­brate the pop­u­lar sport of row­ing in Cam­bridge; artist Amanda Her­bert painted this art­work on an older tele­com cabi­net to...

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