|Susan Parson's painting on the traffic box was a welcome boost.|
Colour has been my remedy on many occasions. When I first moved to St. John's, I couldn't get over the persistent grey skies and fog, which I knew would affect my moods and my comfort with my new home town. So, I painted the living room yellow. I couldn't change the weather but I could change my immediate environment. It's like the Russian expression, "there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing". I've always been amused how men will wear navy blue business suits but women's power suits were usually a bright red. Take charge…I decided I would also paint my toenails, what I call, rich girl red.
Fortuitously, the sun came out for my Mother's Day stroll and I was rewarded on what could have been a day of drudgery. When I went to Churchill Square to do some errands I was greeted by an eye-catching piece of traffic box art by Susan Parsons. It was a giant sunflower against a vivid blue sky. The yellow and blue painting sings with optimism.
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The traffic box program is a project of Clean St. John's and has the goal of local beautification. The transformed box I encountered is one of forty nine in the city; the project started in 2012. With at least 100 boxes in the city there is plenty more "canvas" for local artists. Each year, a call for artists goes out and eight proposals are selected. Most of the imagery is upbeat but is definitely not ho-hum. Encouragingly, I have never seen any of the artwork on these boxes defaced. The success of the St. John's project has spread to nearby Mount Pearl and Torbay.
And on a positive note, my Mother's Day ended with two of my favourite young servers giving me three red and three yellow roses.