Brisbane is a great walking city. There are plenty of pedestrian zones and bridges, parklands and river walks. At some point though, you’ll need to cross at a traffic light. While you’re waiting, make sure you take a closer look at the traffic signal box.
Chances are, it’s a mini masterpiece.
Drive Through Art Gallery
The Brisbane City Council provides an opportunity for the community to channel their inner Ken Done or Banksy by painting traffic signal boxes across Brisbane.
The idea behind this is that signal boxes painted by local artists, are less likely to be targeted for graffiti. The council calls the program ‘Artforce’, describing it as a drive through art gallery. Once you spot one, you’ll start seeing them all over town.
Favourites from my Camp Hill Neighbourhood
Artwork on the boxes generally reflects the character or activities of the area. The theme and design need Council approval prior to painting.
A Rare Pair
The extra section on top of a traffic signal box is called a ‘top hat’. This gives some artists a chance to embellish their design. If an artist is very lucky, they will have a chance to paint a pair of boxes, sitting alongside one another.
Do You Have an Idea Worth Painting?
There a limited number of boxes that the Council offers up for painting every year. As you can imagine, interest is strong. Sometimes boxes are removed or need a refresh. There are also new boxes installed on a regular basis.
You can visit the BCC website to find out about painting a traffic signal box in Brisbane. They also run an annual competition to encourage community participation. www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/art-traffic-signal-boxes-artforce
Birds are a popular theme
So the next time you’re stopped at the traffic lights, take a look at the ever-changing art gallery right beside you.