Invercargill shows its artistic side through new walk

People wanting to enjoy the outdoors but also some of Invercargill’s artwork can now do exactly that.

Healthy Families Invercargill and the Invercargill City Council have partnered to create a series of walks taking in the painted Chorus telephone cabinets.

Invercargill City Council community development manager Mary Napper said the walks were a great way to showcase the city and some of its art.

‘’I love the cabinet art and I wanted people to also enjoy them. It made sense to me to plot them on a map so that people can create their own trail or walk or cycle around and enjoy fresh air and sunshine and art by local artists.’’

The project has been a collaborative effort – as well as the Healthy Families Invercargill and ICC involvement, a Southern Institute of Technology student did the photography for the trail guide, Creative Communities Invercargill gave a grant to assist with the photography and design and Invercargill Active Communities is supporting the printing of the guide.

The council wanted to build a city where residents and visitors enjoyed healthy lifestyles and the city’s outdoor environments, she said.

Healthy Families Invercargill manager Jared Cappie said being part of the Chorus Cabinet Trail initiative fits well with the organisation’s vision of creating healthy, happy, safe and connected communities.

‘’It’s about giving people that opportunity to get outside and get active.’’

The maps will be available on the ICC, Healthy Families Invercargill and Sport Southland websites and at the ISite, the library, and the city council office.

Photo: Members of the Otatara Guides check out one of the painted Chorus Cabinets. Photo: Brianne Lindsay

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