METRE boxes on the roadside are all but a blank canvas for Warilla High School art students.
The plain, symmetrical surfaces of meter boxes have been brought to life by the students who have created their own artworks that reflect the natural beauty of the region.
The RTA Box Art project was a partnership between Warilla High and Shellharbour Youth Services staff.
Students from Warilla High School have designed the art works to reflect the natural beauty of the area on the six boxes installed along Shellharbour Road.
Head of creative and performance Arts teacher Veronica Lockman said it was great to see the students take their talents out of the classroom and into the community.
“It has been a great opportunity for the students to inject their artwork into a public art project,” she said.
“The project was co-ordinated by the visual art teacher Kate Brewer.”
This week the students will again join with Youth Worker and artist, Belinda Caruana to complete the last of the boxes in this program of work.
"These art works are a great example of how necessary infrastructure can form the basis for creative displays in our city," Mayor Marianne Saliba said.
"I commend the Youth Services team for facilitating this initiative and providing our young people with the ability to publicly and creatively contribute to the community," Cr Saliba said.
The Youth Services team have collaborated with young people to paint 18 boxes in the past five years and altered the visual appeal of public places along the way.
The last of the boxes in this scope of work were painted on today (June 26).