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 over 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. Every three months, 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 apply, contact Urban Smart Projects.

Artists must:

  • reside in the City of Brisbane
  • have their design approved by Urban Smart Projects
  • not be an employee of Brisbane City Council.

How long do artworks last

On average, traffic signal box artworks last from six months to six 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 typically held annually and showcase Artforce artworks completed in the preceding 12 months. A change in the Artforce program means that the 2018 awards which were held on Thursday 2 August 2018 reflect boxes painted over a one and half year period between 14 December 2016 and 30 June 2018.

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

The awards recognise outstanding artwork in seven categories:

  • overall winner
  • highly commended
  • best organisation
  • best Energex cabinet
  • winner adult
  • best 18 and under
  • best 12 and under

Art on Energex pad-mount transformers

Since 2015, experienced Artforce artists have been painting on selected Energex pad-mount transformers.

Pad-mount transformers are large metal boxes located across the city that form part of the electricity network.

More information

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

  • phone 07 3211 7178 or 1300 872 022
  • fax 07 3041 0283
  • email
  • mail:
    Urban Smart Projects Pty Ltd
    PO Box 1300
    Maleny Qld 4552.
Last updated:26 April 2019
Topics: public art