Thursday, 23 February 2012

TSB #1

You may well ask what TSB stands for. This is one of them. A traffic signal box, and they are dotted all over Brisbane and the suburbs controlling the sequence of traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. These drab, grey boxes are often a target for graffiti and in a bid to discourage vandals, the city council set up the initiative to allow artists to apply to paint them. They are a great outlet for artists and certainly cheer up an otherwise boring metal box. I particularly like this one with it's take on a famous Australian poem 'My Country' by Dorothea MacKellar.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!


ytaba36 said...

That's just superb!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Very colorful! I read about Ms. MacKellar a year or so ago after seeing the poem on a friend's blog. I was amazed that it was written when she was only 19 years old.


Dianne said...

Certainly a lot better than graffiti Al .... A great idea!

AL said...

Genie: She also wrote it when she was in England.

Dianne: Unfortunately some of them still get a bit of graffiti, but most are left for us to enjoy. There are some very good ones about and I'll bring you more in time.

Mark (from Staffordshire Daily Photo) said...

Boring old Britain is just about getting round to clever ideas like this; and it helps that the work is so professional.

I enjoyed the "sweeping planes" pun too! (Perhaps the artist is being a little cynical - about how the wide country is now dominated by buzzing planes above it? Perhaps. Or maybe it's just me!)

AL said...

The thing I like about this is that anyone can apply to paint a design, not just professional artists. They are a great asset to the city artscape.