22 Jan Winning power box artist announced
A design by local artist Paul Walsh has been crowned Rotorua central city’s favourite painted power box following more than 700 public votes.
Walsh was presented with his $1,000 prize at a special ceremony at Rotorua Lakes Council on Friday 19 January.
Entitled Sulphur Point Geometric, Walsh’s design features the small steaming islands of Sulphur Point as well as Mokoia Island, Ngongotaha and Kawaha Point.
Some of the comments about Sulphur Point Geometric included “an amazing representation of Rotorua done by an amazing artist”, “this is beautiful”, “stunning and clever”.
The Runner-up prize of $500 was awarded to Chris Newman for his quirky take on Rotorua locals entitled Vegas Bunch.
Twenty-eight Unison Network power boxes were decorated in November and December 2017 by 14 local artists. Designs were based on the theme ‘The Rotorua Experience’ and covered a wide range of Rotorua activities, cultural diversity, natural environment and much more.
Rotorua Lakes Council Community Arts Advisor Marc Spijkerbosch is delighted with the success of the project and the
local creativity now on display throughout the central city for years to come.
“It’s been fantastic to see local artists showcasing such high calibre works throughout our CBD. Congratulations to all involved – this project adds colour and vitality to our inner city.” he says.
People have been voting from all over the world for their favourite power boxes with some from the United Kingdom stating “I wish we had them in London”.
To view a map of the power box locations please visit www.facebook.com/creativerotorua