Powerco's transformers are being transformed into vivid pieces of artwork highlighting important safety messages.
New Plymouth artist Phil Jones, also known as Suspect, is painting four electrical boxes in the city with eye-catching images.
The artwork associates the hazards of electricity with dangerous creatures – raging bulls, wolves, spiders and jellyfish. Each will include a safety message warning people to keep clear of the transformers.
Powerco Group Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager Fiona Ewing said electricity networks had high levels of electricity running through them. People must stay away from all electrical equipment such as transformers and especially downed power lines at all times.
“We hope this novel approach will help communicate our safety messages to members of the public. As with any art, we expect it will spark discussion within the community.”
Powerco was proud to support art in public places and local artists, she said.
“We think the raging bull image fits in particularly well with the surrounding street art in the Huatoki Plaza.”
She said Mr Jones had undertaken safety training, as did anyone working on or near Powerco’s electricity network.
Powerco gained permission from the New Plymouth District Council to create the safety signage.