ANDERSON — Green. Yellow. Red.
Next time you’re sitting at a traffic light in downtown Anderson, you might notice the unremarkable gray box near the intersection that controls the light.
It’s not going to be unremarkable for long. The city is launching a new program that will not only jazz up the boxes, it’s intended to light a fire under artists, downtown businesses and residents.
“It’s just another creative initiative that engages residents, engages the town, and beautifies it,” said artist Levi Rinker.
On the heels of the successful Walking Man project created by Rinker and Laree Blazer, Rinker recently took on the job of working foreman at the City of Anderson’s Parks and Recreation Department with beautification on his mind.
Rinker and the rest of the city’s Beautification Committee are looking for submissions of proposals for original designs that artists will paint onto the traffic boxes. The sky’s the limit as long as submissions are appropriate for public display.
The city’s Beautification Committee will review proposals and award the projects. Artists will then draft their projects onto the boxes and lay on the paint.
“I think it’s a really creative idea. I think it will be fun for people, and a creative way for artists to get their works presented,” said Anderson’s First Lady and chair of the city’s Beautification Committee, Anita Smith.
Sponsors are currently being solicited. Many of them are likely to be the downtown businesses that are going to be impacted by the project. The project has three levels of sponsorship, from $1,000 to $2,000, with the potential to raise anywhere from $32,000 to $64,000 for the parks.
Once the traffic boxes are painted, a whole new phase of fun begins. That’s when residents and visitors get in on the act, with a photo treasure hunt to collect stamps at the various sponsoring businesses. Each box will have a bumper sticker that declares who its sponsor is, as well as the name of the artist.