From the Resene News – issue 1/2012
1800 and counting - beautifying power boxes
Power boxes seem to have magnetic effects, as no matter what city they are in, they seem to attract taggers. There are a number of projects underway to beautify power boxes with works of art to deter graffiti. These programmes are incredibly successful with reports from most areas that once a box is artistically painted it is not graffitied again.
Resene Lumbersider low sheen waterborne paint is very popular for painting power boxes as it’s durable, quick and easy to apply and available in the handy testpot size, which is ideal when the design calls for multiple colours. These days many artists simply buy the finished mixed Resene colours, which saves them a lot of time and effort having to mix up their own custom colours.
One of these programmes, run by the Urban Smart Project team, has been especially busy with over 1800 power boxes painted to date covering a wide range of themes and Resene colourways. The 1800th artwork titled Remembrance was painted by Frances Rowland Wregg and features Rosemary for Remembrance, which is planted in the Centenary Memorial Gardens, a field of Poppies as the symbol of The Great War and hats on stylised service personnel to remember their loyal services.
Artists and community members have the opportunity to offer their services to paint a box in their local community. All designs are checked and approved prior to painting. Artists are then delivered everything they need to get the project underway – all they need to do is add their imagination, artistic talent and a good patch of fine weather.
Organiser: Urban Smart Australia
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