Signalling art

WRAPPED in a panorama of Coffs Harbour's stunning coastal outlook, the utilitarian purpose of traffic signal boxes fades into the background.

COASTAL LIFE: Artist Thomas Degens with his contribution to the Artside the Box project.
COASTAL LIFE: Artist Thomas Degens with his contribution to the Artside the Box project.

As part of the Artside the Box project's goal of transforming the city's 15 signal boxes into works of public art, the latest piece by Thomas Degens captures many of the elements of the region's lifestyle.

The project is supported by Coffs Harbour City Council and Coffs Harbour Community Projects with the aim of reducing the vandalism these boxes are commonly subjected to and beautifying the necessary but not pretty grey boxes.

Mr Degens said his images were filled with the colours that were unique to the region combined with easily recognisable images including waves, surfers, banana plantations and the Jetty.

"The metal surface of the box allowed for some intricate detail where charcoal was used to sketch the thematic narrative of the work," Mr Degens said.

"Glazes of colour were used to create luminosity, allowing light to illuminate specific areas where vibrant displays are shown."

He said the project had been a fun one and gave his family a cheerful smirk when they drove past.

To be part of Artside the Box, submissions can be made via coffscommunityprojects.org where details of the requirements are also listed.



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