STREET ART BETA PROGRAMME
In 2009 there was an exciting experimental project underway in Dublin and it involved Traffic Lights (actually the control cabinets) and Street Art. The beta stage was a huge success and my understanding was that the programme would be extended to include a large number of locations but this does not appear to have happened.
The Project was seeking to solve an ongoing maintenance issue due to tagging, graffiti and stickering of traffic light boxes and the ongoing need to repaint with associated costs.
A secondary aim was the improved visual amenity and creation of locally referenced talking points.
The solution proposed was that by putting artworks onto the boxes they could remove or alleviate the need for maintenance, whilst improving the public realm experience.
The trial took place in the Markets Area of Dublin. There were 11 suitable traffic light boxes in this area.
There was an open call for expression of interest in painting These 11 boxes with art – (no commercial content) and a defined brief was given.
This Beta Project only looked at artworks on the boxes, and not any forms of commercial work or advertising.
Once submissions had qualified (ie fit the criteria – which all submissions incidentally did) they were voted on by those who had participated and those with a stated interested who were invited to an open meeting.
11 designs were selected from 15 submissions.