Sunshine Coast Regional Council

05/26/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/25/2017 22:59

Local artists adding a touch of colour to the streets

When driving around the Coast, you may notice a bit of extra colour popping up at many intersections.

Council's latest public art project will see 32 traffic signal boxes located right across the region given a creative coat of paint.

Sunshine Coast Council's public art officer Julie Hauritz said the project was designed to celebrate our region through local voices.

'Through public art projects we can create engaging and creative public spaces,' Ms Hauritz said.

'As a part of the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast, we themed the project 'Our Sunshine Coast' to give local artists an opportunity to share what the Sunshine Coast means to them.'

Through an expression of interest process, coordinated by local business Urban Smart Projects, the 32 individual designs were selected from 13 local artists.

Division 3 Councillor Peter Cox supported the painting of 11 boxes in that division.

'I have already received plenty of positive feedback from locals about how good the boxes look,' Cr Cox said.

'I love that through this project our talented local artists have transformed an object that previously may have gone unnoticed or even considered to be ugly, into a work of art that will make people stop and appreciate it.

'Cultural and creative activities such as this provide meaningful experiences for locals and visitors and they also generate economic benefit through the development of our creative industries, as can be seen by the outcomes achieved for local artists through this project.'

The local artists involved include Wayne Smith, John Adena, Carley Cornelisson, Mieke Salna, EJ Zyla, Amber Finn, Alex Daffara, Glenda Pitt, Andre Braun, David Houghton, Ben Higgins, Frieda Forsberg and Kassy Abriola.

The project outcomes showcase a diverse group of works that contribute to the region's growing Public Art Collection.

To see a gallery of the boxes that have been complete visit Urban Smart Projects website.

Council funded the painting of selected traffic signal boxes in each division, with councillors Cox, Robinson and Connolly providing divisional funding for local artists to paint additional traffic signal boxes in their area.

For more information and to view the entire Public Art Collection visit council's website -

Urban Smart Projects, based in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, initiate and manage traffic signal box projects in local councils all over Australia.

Images: Pink Pandanus by John Adena, The Seagull by Andre Braun