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Ten city traffic light boxes getting artistic vinyl wraps

Shelbyville’s traffic light control boxes will get a makeover later this year.

 

Jennifer Jones of the Blue River Community Foundation met with the Board of Works Tuesday morning at City Hall to get approval to vinyl wrap 10 traffic boxes similar to the one at the corner of Mechanic St. and State Road 9.

 

“The community loved (the first one) and we’ve had a lot of positive feedback,” said Jones.

 

Loper Elementary School art teacher Eric Sutton created the artwork for the first traffic box (photo).

 

With funding secured for 10 more art projects, the foundation did a call out for artists, both locally and nationally, to submit ideas, according to Jones.

 

A committee was formed to choose the winning submissions.

 

“They will all be different,” said Jones.

 

Some of the art projects could be tied to specific locations. One particular submission has a steam component to it and it will be assigned to a traffic box near an industrial area.

 

“It’s a nice way to infuse art into everyday items,” said Jones.

 

The cost of the project is approximately $18,000 and is funded by a Lilly Endowment grant.

 

The vinyl wraps should start appearing on local traffic boxes later this year.

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