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A Makeover Like You Haven't Seen Before
Colouring Our Habitat, One Traffic Signal Box at a Time How attractive can a traffic signal box be?
Very! We were lucky to see artist Jessica Birk in action, en plein air, working on her art this afternoon. Her canvas? The not-very-attractive grey traffic signal box that's usually a target for vandals!
We stopped to have a chat and learned a few things. Jennifer Hamilton, on right of photo, from the North Sydney Council arrived and explained that the project "Colouring our Habitat" is an initiative of the North Sydney council to enliven traffic signal boxes and encourage creative collaboration between professional artists and members of the local community. It certainly makes the community feel more involved with their surroundings. Great idea!
Jessica, on left of photo and Jennifer, on right of photo.
In May 2013, Jessica worked with Year 1 students at North Sydney Demonstration School at a workshop, and they created a series of murals for 3 traffic signal boxes in the North Sydney area. Yesterday, she finished the one along Miller street which was delightfully colourful and a spot of cheer against the grey sidewalk.
With a Fine Arts degree from UNSW, and a descendant of the Yaegl people from the Northern Rivers of NSW, Jessica will be painting all 3 traffic boxes, the 3rd one located near the train station.
The red dots indicate the location of the traffic signal boxes in North Sydney CBD
Flyers to explain the project were provided if people like us stopped to chat with the artist. It shed light on the project stating that traffic signal boxes control the lights and keep them rotating from green to red. They're important elements of our urban habitat but they don't sustain life on earth. The murals are reminders of other types of habitats and lost landscapes, and encourage us to think about what sustains life on earth.
This public art will be unveiled on 4 June but will be open for appreciation 24/7 anytime you're in the neighbourhood.
What would you have painted if you were assigned one box to "makeover"? Share your thoughts, I'd love to hear them!
See website for details of the launch: Colouring Our Habitat
Venue: Ros Crichton Pavilion, Civic Park