While in Stamford CT, I walked to view the unusual. Every neighborhood has its own flavor, and I sought to categorize the area around the Crown Plaza hotel. It was a mosaic of styles in both homes and businesses, some showing great care, others not so much. A large commercial building shared a sculpture with the community, and some homeowners had awesome gardens featuring unusual flowers. But one sight stood out–the artwork on a traffic box.
I searched the web in an attempt to identify the artist and learned that Stamford’s Traffic Graphic project began around 2010. It’s not the only city who transforms those silver-colored traffic boxes into art.
The City of Olympia WA recently ended its call for submissions to wrap its traffic boxes, with chosen artists being provided an honorarium of $500. The purpose of the project is to minimize graffiti, and I hope it works.
Here in Chesapeake VA, I haven’t seen any. The chance to view artwork up close is a great reason to take a long walk, and hopefully I’ll get around to more cities that encourage those with artistic talent and take the opportunity to beautify a neighborhood stroll.