Traffic signal boxes are unsightly no more thanks to the artistic talents of Sydney based artist and photographer, Matt McLarty.

Matt was commissioned by the local council to paint the four boxes and the results have added vibrant colour to the streetscape around the suburb of Rhodes in Sydney, Australia.

Each of the four designs explores the built environment that interweaves with the natural world in the local area where the boxes are located.

Applying and blending the enamel paints proved challenging at times, particularly when the temperature topped 40C and Matt was surprised by the many acts of kindness shown when passers-by gave him cold drinks to help combat the heat.

Matt is no stranger to unusual canvases, his art has been found on life-size fibreglass sculptures including a zebra which was recently sold to raise funds for Sydney’s Taronga Zoo’s conservation programs.

Who knows what form his next canvas will take…

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Signal box – before and after

The designs explore the built environment that interweaves with the natural world

Matt and one of his completed signal boxes

Vibrant colours brighten an otherwise dull piece of infrastructure

Abstract art brightens the streetscape

One of Matt’s previous works – Zerzura, a hand-painted life-sized fibreglass zebra sculpture