The City of Grand Prairie Public Art Program invites artists to compete for a public art commission to create art on Traffic Signal Boxes (TSBs) located throughout the city. The project will brighten city streetscapes, enhance community pride and create new, paid opportunities for Texas-based artists.
This project includes up to 22 TSBs and is open to concepts for direct painting on the TSBs or for high-resolution, digitally-printed wraps to be applied to the TSBs.
The City is accepting proposals based on the themes of “Celebrate the Environment” and “Celebrate Literacy and Libraries.” Artists’ proposals for the environmental theme can include scenes depicting native wildflowers, Texas insects, fresh vegetables and/or fruit, nature, animals, prairies, other landscaping scenes, hiking, fishing, gardening, Monarch butterflies and/or caterpillars, energy-related topics, creeks and water-related themes, litter prevention and more. Proposals for the literacy and libraries theme can expand upon the Library’s mission to provide free and equal access to connections, discovery and education for everyone regardless of age, income or background. Proposals can be playful, but should not include images of people. All artwork must be the original work of the artists.
Winning artists will each earn a commission up to $2,000 depending on whether the box will be painted directly by the artist or whether it will be vinyl wrapped with the artist’s design. The deadline for entry is 5 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2019.
How to Create Traffic Signal Box Art
The 2018 contest included two themes, “Environment in General” and “Water Conservation/Water Quality.” The winners included 14 proposals to paint directly on the boxes and six wraps. The list includes two Grand Prairie residents: Gary Kelly, an 81-year-old photographer; and Syndey F. Merlau, an 8th Grade Visual Arts student at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy. Street artist Steve O. Cipriano, aka “Stibs,” a teacher at Dickenson Elementary in Grand Prairie, was also one of the 20 winners.