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Dressing up traffic boxes with art in Danbury

October 30, 2017 GMT

DANBURY - The city wants to transform traffic control boxes into artistic statements, and has called on local artists to help.

The city’s public art project invites artists to submit proposals to a selection committee that “reflect and respect the entire Danbury community,” according to a city posting.

Artists whose designs are selected will be paid a $200 honorarium to create art that can be printed on vinyl wrapping, and installed on traffic boxes in the city’s urban center.

The artwork should be age-appropriate, should not express political or religious opinions and should not contain photographs of recognizable people, according to the project guidelines. Advertising and logos are also prohibited.

For a list of guidelines visit

The deadline for submitting designs is Jan. 8. The hope is to install art on traffic boxes in the spring.


Businesses are encouraged to sponsor a box, the city said.

“Downtown represents the vibrancy of the Danbury community, and by partnering with our residents and businesses for this project, we hope to capture that vibrance in a new, unique, and artistic way,” said Mayor Mary Boughton in a prepared statement. “We are putting out a call to artists so that the local community, people who live in and know Danbury, can team up with the city and bring this special public art project to life in downtown Danbury.”