Traffic Box Art at Eighth and Cherry streets set to be put up this summer

2 years 2 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, April 05 2017 Apr 5, 2017 Wednesday, April 05, 2017 5:39:00 PM CDT April 05, 2017 in News
By: Caroline Peterson, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Commission on Cultural Affairs Standing Committee on Public Art made its selection for a new art piece Wednesday; an installation for the corner of Eighth and Cherry streets.

Brittany Williamson, an art teacher at Hallsville High School, was chosen to paint the box this year.

After finding out her submission was picked, she said she visited the traffic box and got the inspiration for her design from seeing all of the dogs walking around the area. 

"The dogs on the design are either modeled after my own dogs or my best friend's dogs. I asked the Columbia Humane Society the most common dogs found in Columbia so I could represent the city as well," Williamson said. 

Williamson said she will paint her box by using a vinyl wrap as opposed to painting directly on the box. She said, she will paint on a canvas at home, have it professionally photographed and put on vinyl.

Last year's chosen artist for the Ninth and Walnut Street traffic box, Madeleine LeMieux, said the project is a wonderful opportunity for artists.

"I think it's great when we can put art in public spaces and people can happen upon it instead of having to go to a gallery or museum to see it, because it makes art a part of their daily lives. It's a really great program for a city the size of Columbia; there is not a lot of public art programs in smaller towns," LeMieux said.

Missouri artists have been painting the boxes for ten years.

"The Traffic Box Art started in 2007 on Ninth and Broadway," said Sarah Dresser, Program Specialist for the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs. "A lot of the boxes were being tagged with graffiti and stickers. Our office thought one way to help with this was to allow the boxes to be turned into works of art."

Dresser said, besides abating graffiti downtown, decorating the boxes enhances the landscape and gives artists a chance to showcase their work. 

The cultural affairs office gets about 10 to 15 artist proposals for designs every year, Dresser said.

The committee looks at how the work addresses the downtown Columbia vibrancy and how it incorporates the life there, she said. The office also wants designs that have as little blank space as possible to discourage graffiti. 

Dresser said the typical budget for each box is $500 for reimbursement to the artist and a $1500 honorary. 

She said the finalized design should be approved by the city around the end of May. 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Former Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel formally announced the launch of his foundation, called “GP M.A.D.E.” Wednesday... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 9:47:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The city's Airport Advisory Board met Wednesday for the first time since Columbia Regional Airport had to close... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8:01:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- A proposed wind project in Harrisburg is now getting the local government involved. The Boone County planning and... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:55:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - People gathered in downtown Jefferson City Wednesday evening to walk for Rape and Abuse Crisis Service or... More >>
3 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:48:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that allows the state to sell Rice Hall,... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 7:25:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Cancer patients could receive health insurance coverage for dental and fertility preservation procedures if two Missouri House... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 5:26:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Police are trying to figure out what happened at a big fight near Lincoln University's... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 4:04:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - People wanting to draw attention to sexual violence made more than a fashion statement by wearing denim on... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:45:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Public Schools provided additional information Wednesday amid a legal dispute over collective bargaining with the Columbia Missouri... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:18:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
FULTON - The Fulton Fire Department is starting the process to carry and use Narcan, or the generic Naloxone, during... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:03:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – The Missouri River Relief, a nonprofit organization, met with Columbia Public Schools to use their new boat, “Lucia,”... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 3:00:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A new bill is designed to simplify the tax process by cutting the number of income tax... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 2:14:00 PM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is seeking a major disaster declaration in response to severe flooding in... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, April 24 2019 Apr 24, 2019 Wednesday, April 24, 2019 10:52:00 AM CDT April 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Several community members joined Columbia Police Interim Chief Geoff Jones and committee panel members Tuesday to discuss racial... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 7:21:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia's Building Construction Codes Commission approved reconstruction plans for the Columbia Canine Sports Center at a meeting Monday... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 7:00:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Missouri National Education Association (CMNEA) filed a lawsuit in Boone County alleging Columbia Public Schools violated... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:58:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Beulah Ralph Elementary School has found its new principal. According to a news release from Columbia Public... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:28:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A donation of 7.81 acres of land was given to the Columbia Parks and Recreation department by MBS... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, April 23 2019 Apr 23, 2019 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:10:00 PM CDT April 23, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 57°
12am 58°
1am 58°
2am 57°
3am 56°