Thinking outside of the box

A PROJECT that aims to reduce the risk of graffiti and enhance public spaces is leaving its mark in Glenorchy.

Delivered by the Glenorchy City Council, “Outside the Box” is taking the graffiti tagging culture and channeling it into creating artworks on traffic signal boxes throughout the city.

The project is also working to provide a means for self-exploration and self-expression, build local pride and identity, celebrate diversity and develop greater understanding and tolerance.

The first mural in a pilot project of six traffic signal boxes in the Glenorchy CBD is located at the eastern end of the Glenorchy Bus Mall, in front of St Matthew’s Church.

One of the participants in the project is 18-year-old Jamal*, who has recently settled in Tasmania after moving from Iran.

Jamal designed the mural and led the process of creating the artwork with support from fellow participants Akbar* and Usain* and the council’s Safer Communities officer.

The team worked together to create an inspiring artwork that depicts a feather turning into a flock of flying birds.

The eye-catching artwork has already drawn many compliments from passers-by.

For more information or to become involved in the project contact Lisa Rudd, Safer Communities officer at Glenorchy City Council on telephone 6216 6800 or email lrudd@gcc.tas.gov.au.

*Surnames have been withheld for privacy reasons.

Caption: Local artist Jamal showcases his designs for the launch of Outside the Box

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