Boxes brought to life

Warilla High School students Hayden Shoobridge, Emma Nau, Lachie Gromek and Brendan Muscat celebrate their street art for the Telstra box project. Picture: ELIZA WINKLER

Warilla High School students Hayden Shoobridge, Emma Nau, Lachie Gromek and Brendan Muscat celebrate their street art for the Telstra box project. Picture: ELIZA WINKLER

METER boxes on the roadside have become blank canvases for Warilla High School art students.

The plain, symmetrical surfaces of meter boxes have been brought to life by the students, who have created 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 artworks to reflect the natural beauty of the area on 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 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."

The students joined youth worker and artist Belinda Caruana to complete the last of the boxes in the program last week.

"These artworks 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."

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 last month.

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