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Artboxes returning to Austin’s streets

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 by Tai Moses

Artbox by Helena Martin, at Arroyo Seco and West Koenig Lane

What intersection doesn’t want an Artbox – a traffic signal cabinet that’s been richly illustrated by a local artist? The next two lucky intersections to receive Artboxes, courtesy of the Austin Transportation Department, will be East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Chicon Street, and South Pleasant Valley Drive and South Lakeshore Boulevard. Smart Mobility Division Manager Christina Willingham said in an announcement, “These Artbox installations will build on the success of the first phase of the program we completed, and we are excited to continue bringing community-inspired art to Austin streets.” First comes the community input process, in which residents from the neighborhoods around the selected intersections are invited to participate in an online survey to select the local artist “whose work best represents their community identity.” Get more information by emailing matthew.ramirez@austintexas.gov or calling (512) 974-9702.

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