The Fernwood Pole Painting Project has helped to slow traffic, curb signature tagging and create a warm, friendly and beautiful public environment.
On May 28 2011, Fernwood NRG, Emily Grav of The Paint Box School of Art and Beth Threlfall coordinated the painting of over 100 telephone poles with bright, bold, colourful designs on Fernwood Road and Gladstone Avenue. In 2012 & 2013, we painted another 100 telephone pole and touched up poles around the neighbourhood. All the paint used in this project has been salvaged from the Hartland Landfill.
There have been loads of news stories, inquiries, discussion and much praise for this collaborative, community-driven project. Hundreds of volunteers have given their energy, time, and imagination to transform our streets. Other neighbourhoods have started to join in the fun; painted poles are popping up everywhere.
This project brings great depth and soul to our neighbourhood.
- Beth Threlfall
- On July 8 2012, our neighbourhood made international news, the New York Times. The painted poles were featured in many of the photographs of our neighbourhood.
- The Fernwood Pole Painting Project was voted Favorite Art Event in the 2012 M Awards by Monday Magazine! The project received runner-up in 2013.
Check out this map of Fernwood’s painted poles from 2011.