Beautifying the cabinets is a collaboration between Hutt City Council and Chorus as part of the Art in Public Places initiative to minimise graffiti and bring art into everyday places.
Artists have been chosen to paint murals, with the first one being completed in early March on High Street outside the Hutt Hospital.
The successful artist chosen for this cabinet, Kelly Spencer, says “my piece was inspired by the Hutt River which runs through the city. The fish character is inspired by the brown trout that inhabit the river.”
Kelly, is concerned about climate change and how this will affect our waterways, so “a fish out of water” sits nicely with the healing provided by the Hutt hospital near this cabinet.
“Peace, love and balance” will be another mural referenced with a pair of hands showing New Zealand Sign Language and will be drawn by Akansha Kumar whose artistic ability to draw hands can also be seen on the fence near the Vogel St entrance to the new Walter Mildenhall Park development. Her cabinet will be seen outside Stevens Motors Lower Hutt.
Other successful artists and the locations of their work that have been or will soon be painted include, “korari” by Anthony Paaka, 37 Manor Drive, Stokes Valley; “kiwi” by Aiden Walbaekken on the corner of Meremere Street and Parkway Road in Wainuiomata; “defence of the environment” by Anna Proc in Moera; “faces” by Greta Menzies, down the service lane on Bunny Street and “‘owl” by Tom Wallace on the corner of Waiwhetu Road and Porutu Road.