Artists put their creative touch on traffic-light control boxes

By Mary Dennehy

TRAFFIC-light control boxes in local communities are getting a creative make-over, with close on 100 submissions being made by members of the community and groups.

South Dublin County Council has joined forces with Dublin Canvas, a public art project that brings flashes of colour and creativity to everyday objects – with the project painting 223 boxes in the Dublin City Council area over the past three years.

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Come to your Sense artist Grainne Keogh in Saggart. Photo by Dublin Canvas

Here in South Dublin, 48 traffic-light control boxes are being colourfully revamped – eight within each of the council’s local electoral areas of Tallaght South, Tallaght Central, Clondalkin, Lucan, Rathfarnham and Templeogue-Terenure.

The tag line for the project is “Less Grey, More Play”, with the project striving to make South Dublin County a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

According to a report on the project by South Dublin County Council, some 99 submissions were received, out of which 36 submissions were chosen “as suitable” for the selected traffic light boxes.

A further call-out for submissions has been made to secure the remaining 12 ideas for the pilot project.

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‘Howya Horse’ in Fettercairn by Geoff Tracey (left) and 'Neighbourhood Watch'  Rathfarnham (right) by artist Éilis O'Neill. (Pics: Dublin Canvas)

To date, a number of revamped boxes in Tallaght, Rathfarnham, Templeogue and Saggart have been spotted, with all art pieces having a name and, in some way, being reflective of their surrounding community.

According to the council: “Traffic-light control boxes make perfect canvasses to showcase community art, as they are always naturally located in high footfall, high traffic areas.”

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'Community Spirit’ on the Firhouse Road by Maria Boyle (left) and Paul G. Lucaci’s piece (right) in Tallaght.  (Pics: Dublin Canvas)

For further details visit www.dublincanvas.com

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