Some of the bulky, silver boxes that control traffic signals in Clintonville are about to get a facelift, thanks to seven local artists.
The Clintonville Area Commission's planning and development committee has been soliciting submissions from Columbus artists for designs to cover of the boxes along High Street at the intersections of Kanawha Avenue, Morse Road, Henderson Road, Hollenback Road, Oakland Park Avenue, North Broadway and Como Avenue.
After narrowing the original 80-plus submissions down to 13, the committee asked for residents' input via online voting.
The works of local artists Ellie DiRutigliano, Chris Duda, Jack Hamman, Gail Kelley, Leo Murray, Paul Nini and Rebecca O'Neil have been selected for the project, said Megan Valentine, who is heading up the project for the commission.
Not only do all of the artists live in Clintonville, Valentine said, but "each piece of art relates to Clintonville."
"It might not be immediately apparent how they are representative of the neighborhood, but each one has a back story," Valentine said.
Themes include dogs that have lived in the neighborhood, Little Free Libraries, the Park of Roses and even the "rat invasion of a couple years ago," she said.
Valentine said funding is in place to install vinyl wraps of the artwork on three of the metal traffic-signal boxes. This process will begin as soon as the vinyl-wrap manufacturer can complete the work, she said.
"I'd like to resolve the funding for the remaining four as well," Valentine said.
"It's a way to artfully express our community."
The three that will be installed first are the works of DiRutigliano, Hamman and Nini.
A GoFundMe page to solicit contributions toward additional installations has been created at gofundme.com/f/CACtrafficboxart.
As of Sept. 23, $888 of the $10,000 goal had been raised.