NORWALK, Conn. - For about two weeks beginning Saturday, May 10, local artists will be transforming dull traffic boxes into vibrant works of public art, bringing creativity and color to South Norwalk.
Norwalk Parking Authority staff member Kathryn Hebert says the program is a win-win for everyone.
“This not only brings opportunities to the art community to use city assets for their artistic expression, invigorating public spaces, but also provides the public with the aesthetic benefits of having beautiful things to look at,” Hebert says.
The traffic boxes are located at the South Norwalk Railroad Station, Webster Lot, the Norwalk Police Department Plaza, and 50 Washington St.
The City of Norwalk, the Norwalk Parking Authority and the Norwalk Arts Commission are collaborating to expand a program bringing art to the public via traffic boxes in the urban areas of South Norwalk.
The first series of traffic graphic art had artists paint traffic boxes based on the theme of literary works. For this second phase, artists will be painting on the theme “Connecticut at Work,” representing aspects of Norwalk’s many diverse current and historic industries such as manufacturing, farming, transportation, fisheries and oystering.
Artists include Norwalkers Jahmane, who also curates the project, and Michael Johnston as well as Bridgeport artist Lizzy Rockwell, and artist, rap producer and owner of the Bridge Store and Tunnel Gallery Dooley-O from New Haven.
The Norwalk Parking Authority can be reached at 203-831-9063 or at the website at www.norwalkpark.org .