From drab to fab - traffic signal box transformation

From drab to fab – traffic signal box transformation

Brisbane on the hunt for artists to paint drive through art gallery

From drab to fab, Brisbane City Council is calling on the next round of the artists to transform ordinary traffic signal boxes into pieces of art as part of the award-winning Artforce initiative.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said 70 boxes are up for grabs each year as part of the initiative, with applications for the next quarterly release opening on Tuesday 15 December.

“Painting our traffic boxes has been a tradition since 1999, when Artforce cleverly transformed once graffitied traffic signal boxes into drive-by art galleries,” Cr Schrinner.

“Since then, it’s hard to miss the pop of colours, individual stories and styles they bring to our the community and we are excited to call on the next round of artists to paint them.

“What’s special about this project is that Artforce is available to everyone of all ages, no matter their level of artistic skill or experience. All you need to apply is a little creativity, a passion for Brisbane and an idea for the design of the traffic signal box you’d like to paint, and we’ll help with the rest.

“Each box that’s painted will go in the running for the annual Artforce awards, which celebrate the incredible talents of our community across a range of categories including, Lord Mayor’s Award, Best School/Organisation, 18 and Under and 12 and Under.”

City Planning and Economic Development Chair Krista Adams said over the past two decades Artforce had seen more than 5000 artists of all ages and demographics paint 2200 traffic signal boxes and 50 Energex pad mount transformers.

“As well as successfully deterring vandals, the program fosters local artists by giving them practical experience to develop their skills, exposure and networking opportunities within Brisbane’s vibrant arts community,” Cr Adams said.

“Some notable artists have made their mark over the years, including the creator of Laser Beak Man, Tim Sharpe, as well as a range of local organisations and schools.

“This year, Artforce will be coordinated by locally-based consultancy Artfully, which has a wealth of knowledge and experience in delivering permanent and temporary public art across Brisbane.

“We can’t wait to see what amazing Brisbane-inspired designs are put forward this year and to watch them go from concepts to real-life urban masterpieces.”

To apply to paint a traffic signal box, email or visit and search ‘Artforce.’