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Tallahassee transforming traffic boxes into local public art

Posted at 6:00 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 12:14:16-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Traffic control boxes hardly catch your eye at a stoplight. That will soon change in Tallahassee.

The Knight Creative Communities Institute is piloting an art of the box project.

Five artists based in Leon County will be selected through an online application process, to transform the Traffic Control Boxes into three-dimensional artwork.

“So we made sure that we picked different areas around town and we looked at sites that had gotten graffiti before,” said Betsy Couch, the executive director at KCCI. “So there will be five traffic control boxes as part of the skylight project and we have them all throughout Tallahassee.”

Similar projects have taken place all over the U.S.

“That could be a traditional drawing,” said Couch. “It could be photography, or it could be a picture of a quilt. Whatever they feel represents our community. I would encourage them to submit a picture. It’s very easy to apply.”

Art designs should enhance the surrounding environment and portray color and creativity.

The artwork will be placed on weather-resistant vinyl printing and each artist will receive a $200 stipend.

Details on submission parameters and the project can be found on the Art of the Box web page.

Interested artists are invited to submit original, inspired or uplifting artwork by August 3 via the KCCI website, available by clicking here.