I was lucky enough to have my design chosen for this year and over the last couple of days have painted my assigned box. The city will apply a protective covering then it should be there til the box is replaced or damaged. The box is located at the intersection of MacDonald Drive and Portugal Cove Road - a busy and noisy environment to paint in. Here's a 'before' image of the traffic box at a quieter moment.
I had lots of support from drivers and walkers on the design and even a couple of painting job offers :). The weather was hot, hot, hot and windy with the latex paint drying almost as soon as it hit the hot metal of the box. The first day was truly unbelievable wind and I was covered in paint, creating a whole new set of dedicated painting clothes as the wind whipped the paint off the roller or brush. Combine that with too much sun and a nasty fly bite on my forehead, I was a mess on all levels.
The positives were many.
- I created a large piece of art that I likely would not have normally tackled, the box being taller than I am!
- I completed the piece in about 9.5 hours in pretty extreme conditions of high winds and heat.
- I pushed my colour theory using a limited palette of latex external house paints.
- I connected with a section of the public that may never have seen my art otherwise.
- I brightened a place in St. John's that I hope will make drivers and walkers smile when they see the box.