Art on traffic signal boxes - Artforce

""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 2015 awards were held on Monday 8 February 2016 and reflect boxes painted between 15 December 2014 and 14 December 2015.

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

The awards recognise outstanding artwork in seven categories:

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

Art on Energex pad-mount transformers

Due to the success of the community-painted traffic signal boxes, a trial Artforce project commenced in late 2015, allowing artists to paint on selected Energex pad-mount transformers.

Pad-mount transformers are large metal boxes located across the city that form part of the electricity network. For the trial project, experienced Artforce artists were asked to submit designs for consideration. Artwork is being completed across the city from late 2015 and into 2016.

If successful additional pad-mount transformers will be painted in the future, adding to the overall Artforce gallery.

More information

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


27 June 2016