Four new artists selected for Wellesley’s Traffic Box Art program


Wellesley’s circulation boxes continue to get more colorful. Four new artists were selected this spring to add their creations to the city’s ongoing Traffic Box art program. The public art project began in 2020 as a collaboration between the Wellesley Police Department and the town’s public art committee and aims to enhance the viewing experience for residents and visitors to Wellesley.

Seven local artists have helped transform road sign boxes at busy intersections with designs that provide entertaining and engaging experiences for passers-by. With the four newly selected artists, Wellesley will have completed 11 painted boxes by mid-summer.

The selection committee added a unique twist to the project this spring, choosing a team of students from the Wellesley High School Evolutions program to paint one of the 2021 boxes. Another high school artist has been selected for a different box and will paint his drawing with the mentorship of a member of the public art committee.

Look for newly painted boxes at the following Wellesley intersections:

• Linden Street in Kingsbury Street: “The Council of Vernal Pools” designed by WHS students Ellie Ostler and Luke Graves and painted by the WHS Evolutions Program.

• Warren Park: “Reach for the Stars” designed and painted by WHS student Kathryn Fischmann, supervised by Annie Newman.

• Washington Street to Seaward Road: “A Sudden Gust of Joy” designed and painted by David Teng Olsen, art professor at Wellesley College.

• Washington Street to Forest Street: “A Pollinator’s Dream” designed and painted by D’Ann Hansen, art teacher at the Wellesley Recreation Department.

Artists selected for the Traffic Box Art program receive a stipend of $ 1,000, per location, to cover time, transportation and supplies. For students in the Evolutions program, the money goes directly to support the costs of the program.

The Traffic Box Art program is an ongoing project. In fall 2021, more artists will have the opportunity to submit designs for other boxes. Ultimately, the city and the public art committee hope to paint all the boxes with high visibility for the enjoyment of the community. A new interactive Traffic Box Art map with photos, locations and artist information will be available later this summer.


Kayleen C. Rice

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