Art on traffic signal boxes - Artforce

Artists Pen Donovan painting 'Brisbane now and then' at the 2012 Ekka.Artforce is a community art project that enables local artists to paint their original works on traffic signal boxes around Brisbane suburbs.

Traffic signal boxes are the metal boxes at traffic light intersections that house traffic light electronics. There are 1000 Council controlled boxes in Brisbane. Old boxes are often re-painted when they become weathered and new intersections are popping up all the time. Each year a set number of boxes are allocated for repainting to ensure the Artforce gallery is always fresh and up to date.

Artforce provides residents of all ages and artistic backgrounds an opportunity to design and paint an artwork on a traffic signal box. You can help decorate Brisbane's busy streets and be part of Brisbane's "drive-through gallery".

Who can participate

Anyone can apply to paint a traffic signal box. Families, professional or first time artists, school students, kids and elders can get involved in Artforce.

To join the waiting list, please contact Urban Smart Projects.

Artists must:

  • reside in the City of Brisbane
  • have their design approved by Urban Smart Projects

How long do artworks last

On average, traffic signal box artworks last from six months to four years. Traffic signal boxes are Brisbane City Council equipment and may require upgrading or replacing at any time. There is no guarantee of how long your artwork will remain on a traffic signal box.

Artforce Awards

The Artforce Awards is an all ages celebration. The awards are held annually and showcase Artforce artworks completed in the preceding 12 months. The 2013 awards were held on Monday 3 March 2014 and reflect boxes painted between 15 December 2012 and 14 December 2013.

All eligible Artforce participants receive an invitation to attend the annual awards.

The awards recognise outstanding artwork in six categories:

  • overall winner
  • overall runner-up
  • best school
  • best organisation
  • 18 and under
  • 12 and under

More information

For more information on Artforce or painting a box you can contact Urban Smart Projects by: