Monday, October 31, 2011

Four New Traffic-Box Designs Unveiled Outside of Downtown

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Downtown Boise isn't the only place to see art on traffic-control boxes anymore. Four new vinyl-wrapped boxes have been completed outside the downtown area, some as far-flung as Bown Crossing.

The Downtown Boise Association and the Ada County Highway District, with funding from the Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment Program and Capital City Development Corporation, have teamed up to dress up traffic-control boxes with local artists' handiwork. With the addition of these four new boxes, 32 boxes have now been decorated in all.

The four new boxes include work by local textiles artist Lisa Flowers Ross, who typically works in quilting and hand-stitching; Tarmo Watia, a prolific Finnish-American painter and former Boise State art professor; Brian Schreiner, a local painter who typically creates brightly colored Western landscapes; and painter Lauren Kistner, who works in photography and stained glass.

Artists don't have to brave the elements or the gloom of night to painstakingly paint their work onto the traffic boxes. Instead, their designs are transferred onto vinyl , which is then wrapped around the box. This helps the artwork last longer so the glammed-up traffic boxes can add character to Boise's streets for years to come.

You can find Ross' re-imagined traffic box on Capitol Boulevard at Julia Davis Park, Watia's box at the intersection of Hill Road and Harrison Boulevard, Schreiner’s box at Vista Avenue and Overland Road, and Kistner’s box at Bown Crossing.

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