The Clintonville Area Commission is looking for input from residents to help curate art to be installed on metal traffic signal-control boxes in the neighborhood.
The commission's Planning and Development Committee solicited submissions from Columbus artists for designs to cover seven of the boxes along High Street. Megan Valentine, who is heading the project, said about 80 designs were received, with committee members narrowing the list to 13.
Residents can vote for their favorite three at surveymonkey.com/r/L2G6L5P. Valentine said voting closes Tuesday, July 23, with the top seven to be installed at the intersections of High Street and Kanawha Avenue, Morse Road, Henderson Road, Hollenback Road, Oakland Park Avenue, North Broadway and Como Avenue.
The committee will discuss the results of the voting at its July 23 meeting.
Valentine said the cost of each wrap is $1,100 to manufacture and install, plus travel costs for the installers. In addition, each artist whose work is chosen will be awarded $500, she said.
Currently, there is funding in place to install art on two of the boxes, Valentine said. The Survey Monkey link includes a link to a GoFundMe page to solicit contributions toward additional installations.
"It's a way to artfully express our community," Valentine said. "Throughout the process, there have been a lot of people who've said they have seen these in other places, but they're still uncommon in central Ohio."
Valentine said there is a similar project underway in the University District.
The artists will remain anonymous until voting is complete, Valentine said. Once the survey is closed, the selected designs will be sent to a manufacturer to be made into vinyl wraps, which will then be installed on the signal boxes. Valentine said there is a five-year warranty on the vinyl wraps.
The commission and the Columbus Art Commission also must approve the designs, but Valentine said both groups are aware of the process and she expects approval to be a formality.