Saturday, June 28, 2014

Art Can Be Anywhere

Earlier in the month I noticed a large colorful box at a corner of an intersection along Manchester Road, a major county arterial not too far from my house. It had been decorated with large sunflowers against a blue sky and fluffy white cloud background.  Then a couple of days later I saw another box which featured a river winding through a green fields with a huge yellow sun in the corner, and then a third box that had a huge hummingbird sipping from a flower.  There was no explanation of how or why they came to be there.

A couple of days ago when I was leafing though a copy of a community newspaper I came across an article that explained the new works of art.  I found out that the six traffic signal boxes had been painted as part of a public art project.  

This morning Hubby Tony and I walked along the stretch of Manchester (which is about a mile long) and looked at all the boxes.  Five of the six boxes were on the north side of the road.  When we reached the last one, we crossed the street and doubled back on the south side.  The artists really did a good job of classing up the plain grey metal surfaces.

Fish box
Five years ago today: Plant or Weed?

13 comments:

  1. Our town's ever-so-progressive (NOT!) city counsel voted down this type of project. Too expensive. But they are pushing for signs at all entering roads proclaiming Heath Calhoun lives here. ~sigh~ Nothing against Heath but this town has a serious "name drop" problem.

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    1. Heath who?!?

      My city isn't known as a cultural center; I was pleasantly surprised to see the public art.

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  2. I, too, have enjoyed these boxes. I am so happy Manchester did this project and wonder if there is more art coming.

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    1. I recently 'liked' the Manchester Arts organization on Facebook. They have a nice list of things that are going on in the city.

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  3. I'm impressed. It's the sort of project that can be offered to a high school art class.

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    1. You're right, although I believe ours were done by professional artists.

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  4. You've got someone very smart in City Hall that was willing to let this project go forward. It's a great idea and sure boosts the environment. Terry and I saw some of these in Santa Cruz so other cities have the idea, too.

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    1. Our city historically hasn't been very artistically progressive, so I'm hoping this public art project is a good sign.

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  5. Ours have been painted and decorated here too.

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    1. It was one of my favorites, too.

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