You have probably already seen elsewhere on the Island that WightFibre has taken a novel approach to address the issue of broadband street cabinets that often fall victim to graffiti and vandalism. Instead of viewing these cabinets as mere infrastructure, WightFibre has transformed them into canvases for local artists to showcase their talents. In collaboration with local artists Hollie and Emma, WightFibre is not only enhancing the aesthetics of these cabinets, but also fostering a sense of community pride and identity.
The initiative involves adorning the cabinets with vibrant and eye-catching murals that depict local landmarks and cultural symbols. The latest cabinet in West Cowes features the Red Jet and RNLI lifeboat as well as wind turbines and even local fish and chip shop, Corrie’s Cabin.
The goal is to create a connection between the technology that powers our digital lives and the rich heritage of the Isle of Wight. By turning these often-overlooked cabinets into pieces of public art, WightFibre aims to deter antisocial behaviour and promote a sense of ownership among residents.
Local artists Emma and Hollie played a crucial role in bringing this vision to life. WightFibre actively collaborates with talented individuals who understand the pulse of the community and can translate its essence into visually appealing artworks. Each mural is carefully designed to reflect the unique character of the area, paying homage to historical sites, natural wonders, and the Island’s distinct identity.
The benefits of this initiative extend beyond the visual transformation of broadband cabinets. By engaging local artists, WightFibre is injecting a sense of pride and ownership into the community. Residents are more likely to appreciate and protect these artistic installations, fostering a sense of shared responsibility for maintaining the beauty of their surroundings.