“It’s a fun activity for parents and grandparents with kids,” said Rinker.
Check out a traffic box, snap a picture on your phone or camera, then show it to the sponsoring business to collect a passport stamp.
“We want to see more pedestrian traffic downtown, more incentive for businesses to look downtown,” said Rinker. He also noted that the traffic box artwork beautifies downtown Anderson, strengthens its identity, and serves to deter graffiti.
Funds raised through the sponsorships will support the artist’s work on a traffic box and more.
“We’re looking at getting new banners… to help brand the city a little more,” said Rinker. Those banners would go up at various locations like city entryways or bridges. Rinker said a portable sandblaster unit for the parks department would also be a big help toward eliminating graffiti.
Finally, funds would support the addition of a fountain to the park at 14th and Main in front of the school of dance that was once the Big Four train depot.
Rinker said he’s anxious to see sponsors start jumping on board to the project. He has already received about 10 submissions of proposed art. 32 traffic boxes are up for grabs this year. Rinker said there is a total of 99 boxes, so there’s room to expand the program in the future.
The Traffic Box project is one of several initiatives the Beautification Committee is currently driving. They have also launched programs to involve people in adopting a traffic island, helping to clean parks, donating to the flower basket fund and promoting public art. Another project is Tree Anderson Initiative, with a goal of planting 5,000 trees by June 30, 2016.
“We’re really trying to make a difference. There’s plenty to do and plenty of opportunity to get involved,” said Smith.