Traffic Boxes: a new kind of canvas

My hometown, Columbia, MO, has a great artistic vibe. We host the annual True/False Film Festival, the Roots and Blues Music Festival, the Unbound Book Festival, and a plethora of other events and programs to promote music and art. One of these programs is the “Traffic Box Art” program.

The Traffic Box Art program started back in 2007 as a way to reduce of vandalism and beautify our downtown landscape. Each year, the City requests submissions from artists, professional or otherwise, to add an original artwork to a pre-determined traffic box. One design is selected by the committee and that artist gets to make their work come to life.

And guess what–this year, I get to be that artist!

I will be getting to work soon, and though I don’t want to spoil the surprise by posting my concept design, I can tell you it is related to the history of the MKT trail, which happens to run very near the location of the box… my box.

In the meantime, check out the beautiful work from prior years here.


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