Cabinet art for New Plymouth District

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Cabinet art for New Plymouth District

Chorus and New Plymouth District Council are asking artists for works to brighten up the district’s telecoms cabinets.

Five cabinets have been chosen for transformation across the district and artists are encouraged to get their designs in before the deadline of August 31.

Chorus Community Relations Manager Jo Seddon says that it makes sense to partner with local councils, as they have the same goal in mind to discourage graffiti vandalism.

“It is great to work with local councils when it comes to choosing cabinets and designs as they know what their community needs,” she said.

“New Plymouth District Council has nominated six cabinets in need of beautification and we’re really looking forward to seeing what local artists come up with,” she said.

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

NPDC Community Partnerships Lead Callum Williamson says NPDC will be co-ordinating designs and artists and says he is really looking forward to seeing what local artists come up with.

“Public art makes our place more attractive for visitors and locals alike and working with Chorus opens up these telecoms cabinets to showcase the talents of our local artists as we build a Sustainable Lifestyle Capital,” he 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

All finished art will be included on the Chorus website and will be considered for the 2023 Chorus Cabinet Art calendar, copies of which are sent around the world.

Existing murals can be seen here.



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.


Image caption: Fungi of Aoteroa by Amber Sisarich is located on a cabinet in Nelson.