Sunflower painting

Traffic Boxes Focus of Next Public Art Project

Posted March 30, 2022 in Commissions & Committees by Kevin Massie

Some traffic utility boxes in Hilliard are about to get a little more colorful.

Thanks to the latest Hilliard Public Arts Commission public arts project, eight of the normally drab metal streetside boxes will be covered in artworks featuring sunflowers. The artworks will consist of vinyl graphics designed to cover the boxes, which contain wiring and equipment that control traffic signals.

The call for artists generated responses from about 60 artists. The boxes are along Main Street and Cemetery Road.

“There was a really overwhelming turnout of artists responding to our call for artists,” said Kelley Daniels, president of HPAC. “We hope this is round one of wrapping the boxes and adding art in our city.”

The eight finalists each brought a distinct style to the artwork, but each kept the required sunflower theme in mind in their designs.

The artwork will be installed in May and is expected to be durable enough to last five years.

Artists selected were Maureen Clark of Columbus; Amber Apel of Hilliard; Mimi Ferrari-Ninde of Hilliard; Samuel Dixon of Silver Springs, Maryland; Juan Daza of Hilliard; Jennifer Geiger of Kingsport, Tennessee; Erin Birum of Columbus; and Abeer Abo-Shihata of Hilliard.