Cabinet art is spreading in Horowhenua

Published on 14 July 2020

Photo of Queen Street Chorus Box by Artist Philip Sue - Jan 2019.

Chorus is again working with Horowhenua District Council to extend its cabinet art programme in the district and is calling for designs from local artists.

Four cabinets in Levin have been chosen for beautification and artists are encouraged to get their designs in.

The project, which sees some of their more frequently tagged cabinets painted in art works, has been very successful so Chorus has partnered with Horowhenua District Council to extend its reach further. 

Chorus Community Relations Manager Jo Seddon says that it makes sense to partner with local councils, as they know their communities best.

“Over the past few years we have worked with Keep NZ Beautiful and that also was a great fit. That partnership has now concluded so we extended an invitation to councils around the country to work with us on this great initiative,” she said.

“We are really pleased that Horowhenua District Council has again answered that call and we’re really looking forward to seeing what local artists come up with.”

These cabinets become works of art in the street, often telling stories about the communities in which they are located, and help to discourage tagging.

Council Community Development Advisor Kim Stewart will be co-ordinating designs and artists and says it is a great opportunity for artists to showcase their talents to not only the local community but also the wider world.

“This is a win-win for our communities. Not only do we get fantastic art works in our streetscape, but also it provides work and promotion of our local artists,” she said.

Requests for designs are now open and the winning design for each cabinet will be chosen from entries received.

Information can be found on Chorus’ dedicated webpage and on the Chorus Boxes page of Council’s website.

Submissions open on Monday 3 August and close at 5pm on Friday 28 August 2020.

All finished art will be included on the Chorus website and will be considered for the 2021 Chorus Cabinet Art calendar, copies of which are sent around the world.

Background

In 2010 Chorus began a trial in Auckland to test if art works on the cabinets decreased the frequency of tagging.

This proved successful so the programme has been extended to include art works throughout the country.

The main criteria for considering a cabinet as a candidate for art work is the frequency of tagging, as the mural becomes cost effective through eliminating cleaning costs. However other avenues are also considered, such as community or council requests and involvement.