Let’s do it again! Get your smock ready and ponder your dream design; you and your friends are invited to take part in the 3rd Fernwood Pole Painting Project, on May 25th, 2013.
Pole Painting Kit Pick-up
This kit contains most of the supplies you need to paint a beautiful telephone pole! Each one includes instructions, paint, signage, and more. You are welcome to use these materials and/or get your own materials to paint a pole (e.g. brushes, smock, etc.). There will only be 100 available so come early so you don’t miss out.
Where: Fernwood NRG Outreach Office, 1313 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria
When: Tuesday, May 21st to Friday, May 24th anytime between 10am-5pm
3rd Annual Fernwood Pole Painting Project
Saturday, May 25th, 2013 – all day
Pre-Pole Painting: Find a pole in Fernwood – Look for a pole that has not been painted near your house or a pole that has been flagged to be redone. This year, we are going to redo some poles in the neighbourhood that have been tagged or are looking a bit worse for ware. Use the Neighbour Letter Template you received in the Pole Painting Kit; consult the neighbours near your pole before painting. Once you have found your pole, post the sign that says ‘This pole has an artist’.
Step 1: Put down your drop cloth & wet-paint signs – You can use old newspaper or a tarp to protect the ground from splatters and splashes.
Step 2: Prime your pole – Use a dark, neutral colour. This is important because it will give you a clean canvas and will make your colours pop. Wait until it is dry! This takes about 2-3 hours. If you prime the pole earlier in the week, you can skip this step.
Step 3: Paint your pole – Be creative, have fun and remember to keep your paint afterwards for touch ups. See the ‘How to Guide’ below…
Step 4: Clean up – You are responsible for cleaning up ALL your supplies. Take everything with you and dispose of it responsibly. Do NOT leave paint there. Keep paints so in the future you can go back and do any nessesary touch-ups.
Don’t forget to take a walk and be inspired by what other artists have created. Fernwoodians paint your poles!
If you plan on painting the pole in front of your house, post a sign on it by May 25th that says, ‘This pole has an artist’. If you would rather have the pole near your house blank, please post a sign on it that says, ‘Please leave this pole blank’ There are signs available for pick-up at 1313 Gladstone Avenue, Victoria during Pole Painting Kit pick-up week.
Please do not attach anything that extends off the pole & do not dig into the pole. BC Hydro has kindly allowed us to do this project as long as their employees are still able to climb the poles without anything blocking their way.
How to Guide:
In the words of pole painter extraordinaire, Beth Threlfall, “This project brings great depth and soul to our neighbourhood.”