Each day, thousands of people drive, walk, and ride East Washington Street (the Historic National Road) and along the way see historic buildings and houses, a revitalized streetscape with plants, trees, and new lamp posts and a smattering of public art in the mix. Irvington Development Organization would like to hire an artist who will paint the traffic signal box at the corner of East Washington Street and Emerson Avenue, next to a green space called Brown’s Corner Park. The ideal candidate will create an original piece of art that contributes to the character of the neighborhood and quality of life for those who live, work, and pass through here.

Some background info

For those who don’t know, a traffic signal box is the large metal box, mounted on concrete, that contains a traffic signal’s controls. In 2012, nonprofit arts organization Foundation East commissioned the first round of traffic signal box murals in Irvington along East Washington Street. In 2013, the remainder of the traffic boxes throughout Irvington were painted through a second commission by Foundation East.

Since then, neighborhoods throughout Indianapolis have painted traffic signal boxes.

The signal box at Washington Street and Emerson Avenue was damaged and replaced in 2015. Irvington Development Organization (IDO) is making this blank replacement box available for repainting.

Submission details and timeline

Designs must be submitted by May 1, 2017 for consideration in the competition. The winning design will be announced by May 12. The artist will have until June 30 , 2017 to complete the painting and clear coating of the traffic box.

The selected artist will receive:

  • $1,200 cash stipend, from which the artist will be responsible for purchasing all materials, including high-quality outdoor paint and clear coat protectant.
  • An opportunity to display original works in an exhibition at the Bona Thompson Memorial Center, which houses Irvington Historical Society exhibits and a rotating schedule of art.

Artists should consider the following criteria for selection.

  • The design should reflect the character of the neighborhood.
  • The design must wrap all five sides of the traffic signal box.
  • One or a combination of Irvington’s branding color scheme should be included. Pantone colors: PMS 582, 228, 1595, and 130; Cool Gray 11; and Cool Gray 8.
  • The selected artist must be available to lay out and paint the design on site by June 30, 2017.
  • Preference will be given to eastside artists.
  • Preference will be given to artists who have competed in a juried art show.

Dimensions of the traffic signal box panels:

  • Roof: 44″ x 28″
  • Street-facing panel: 44″ x 56″
  • Sidewalk-facing panel: 44″ x 56″
  • Sides (2): 22″ x 55-56″ (The roof is slanted.)

We also ask that the artist include on the box a credit to the project’s generous sponsor, the Frank N. Owings Family Foundation.

Submissions and questions should be directed to IDO at margaret@irvingtondevelopment.org.

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