The Johnson City Traffic Wrap Program seeks to beautify our city by incorporating art, color and creativity into the urban landscape. Traffic control boxes sit on our street corners and sidewalks holding equipment that keeps the city running. You probably don’t think much about them as you drive around but they offer a great opportunity to enhance the vitality and vibrancy of our community while showcasing the talent of artists all around us. This program transforms these mundane metal traffic control boxes into unique works of art using an easy to clean vinyl material that also deters vandalism. Wraps are inexpensive and durable, lasting five years or more. Successful traffic wrap programs have been implemented in cities such as Portland, Seattle and Minneapolis.
Our first traffic wrap was completed in 2017 and features the work of a talented young artist, Cameron Poplarchik. Under the guidance of MOMAC instructor Sheri Earnhart, Cameron worked diligently for several months to produce images which were printed on vinyl and wrapped onto the traffic control box at the corner of Fairview and North Roan.
Over the coming year, the Public Art Committee hopes to add many more! The city has identified a core group of control boxes in the downtown area for the first phase of the program. If you are interested in sponsoring a traffic wrap, please contact Cheyenne Kumbhare:
firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is funded entirely through donations. Anyone can sponsor a box! Individuals, neighborhood groups, businesses and local civic and non-profit organizations are all encouraged to contribute.