King George Square Signal Box, Debra Hood

As I was heading to Office Works in the city, I discovered this signal box painted in bright floral colours representing Queensland architecture and the square behind it.

A grey, concrete jungle, with a brightly coloured traffic signal box about as tall as a person. The box is covered with leafy green suburban queenslander houses with high rises in the background.

I took a quick snap because I’ve been thinking about starting a signal box database (nerd alert!) but when I looked up the artist I found she’s painted a number of signal boxes and even had work displayed on a CityCat.

I have loved architecture of all sorts since I was a child. Born and bred in Port Macquarie, NSW, I used to love driving north for family holidays and upon reaching the Clarence River region; there was a distinct shift in the style of domestic architecture. Perhaps because it marked the arrival at the holiday destination, or simply an innate love of these timber and tin houses, I become a Queenslander fan. As a response to existing on floodplains, these houses sat high and proud on strange timber stilts and were embraced by the surrounding sugarcane fields.

Then, when I moved to Brisbane in 1992, the romance of latticed verandahs shaded by mango and palm trees was an utter delight. I was totally besotted with their beautiful decorative features, history and adaptation to the hot and humid climate.

Interview With Debra Hilda Hood

I love her Queensland themes, densely packed elements and beautiful colours. You can check out more of her work over at

A close-up of one of the queenslander houses, and Debra Hood's signature - @redhildahood