More than a dozen traffic boxes across Broomfield will get makeovers in October as part of the next phase of the traffic box wrap project, which brings normally-bland electricity boxes at intersections and traffic lights to life by wrapping them in designs created by local artists.
The Arts, History and Cultural Council selected 15 finalists for the project's second phase in May, and more than 2,000 Broomfield community members voted for their favorite two pieces from a pool of six semifinalists in July.
“The Creative Broomfield team has received many positive compliments from the community about the phase 1 traffic boxes,” Director of Library, Arts, History and Extension Kathryn Lynip said in an email. “Those positive compliments encouraged the AHCC to implement a second phase.”
Artist Stacey Reynolds participated in the first phase and also had two designs selected as part of the second phase. “Seasons Change” shows different birds perched on a tree as it changes throughout the seasons, and “Night and Day” connects a moon and sun with flourishes, shapes and patterns.
“I really like when art can contribute to a community,” Reynolds said. “It’s fun to have creative freedom on a project and be able to do whatever, and it’s really fun to see art out there, making the community better.”
Reynolds said was inspired to create “Seasons Change” because she’s been thinking a lot about winter, how every season has its own beauty and how they’re interconnected.
“I used to really hate winter here, but the last few years it’s really come to mind about how necessary winter is, and that’s what I hope it reflects,” she said.
The 17 new installations will bring the city and county’s traffic box art collection up to 27. Lynip said the Arts, History and Cultural Council doesn’t have a third phase planned as of now, but it's a possibility for the future.
The new traffic box art will be installed by Oct. 31.