The Newest Additions to the Traffic Signal Box Project
The Public Art Committee is ecstatic to announce the newest traffic signal boxes that have been graced with art by local talent. As is tradition every year, the City of Missoula commissioned five artists to "pretty up" those dull, grey signal boxes all over town. Four of this year's boxes have been completed, with the last to be done by the end of the month.
For more information about each artist's process, keep reading! And if you are an artist interested in creating public art for the Missoula community, sign up at the Public Artist Registry so you can be notified of new art calls and projects!
Kim Foiles // My Colorful Chaotic Choir
Kim Foiles painted her vibrant signal box with the morning songs of her neighborhood birds in mind. Living on a small lake in Lolo, surrounded by all different kinds of water birds, Foiles was inspired to create whimsical, rich panels featuring these creatures. Her piece is informative yet incredibly fun and creative.
Foiles's box is located at Brooks and Dore Lane.
Christian Ives // Sunday at Fort Missoula
Missoula native Christian Ives focused his signal box on the many different animals he came across during his childhood. He loved to explore Fort Missoula and the Bitterroot River banks as a child, and he caught rare glimpses of fox, deer, and raccoons during this time. His experience is similar to many who have had the pleasure of growing up in this beautiful city, and his traffic signal box is sure to touch the explorer in all of us.
Ives's box is located at Reserve and South.
Parker Beckley // Home Bones
Parker Beckley, a University of Montana Fine Arts graduate, created this vinyl for his signal box with strong ideas of place and home in mind. His brief proposal for his project says it all: "Things change, but mostly they seem to remain the same. We come from different homes, but in the end, we're all made from the same bones."
Beckley's box is located at Reserve and Mount.
Carrie Arvish // Journeys
Carrie Arvish, a Traffic Signal Box Project veteran from 2015, created a vinyl wrap for the actual signal box, and painted the cement base to match. Arvish wanted to create something with vibrant colors, a playful theme, and tons of movement. She was inspired by the carefree atmosphere of Missoula as well as family members who have passed on.
Arvish's box is located at Reserve and the I-90 Interchange.