Lucas Tetrault's Box! Box! art at Wheeling and Neely Avenues. Since 2018, local artists have painted traffic control boxes around Muncie during the Muncie Arts and Culture Council project.  Staff photo by Jordan Kartholl
Lucas Tetrault's Box! Box! art at Wheeling and Neely Avenues. Since 2018, local artists have painted traffic control boxes around Muncie during the Muncie Arts and Culture Council project. Staff photo by Jordan Kartholl

MUNCIE — Whether it's a portrait or something abstract, anyone driving around Muncie surely has noticed the decorated traffic control boxes while stopped at a red light.

Since 2018, local artists have been transforming the dull, gray boxes into works of public art for the community.

"Box! Box!," a Muncie Arts and Culture Council project, wrapped up its second season on Oct. 30, now totaling 17 eye-catching curbside artworks.

Braydee Euliss, executive director of MACC, said "Box! Box!" continues to be a hit with both artists and the community.

“With artists painting on multiple sites since May, the feedback received over the past six months has been overwhelmingly positive with passersby honking, clapping, and shouting words of appreciation and enthusiasm for all of the Box! Box!-ers,” Euliss said in an email.

With no gallery to visit or ticket to purchase, it's been up to residents to go and see the various boxes. To make the project more accessible, MACC is creating an online map.

An interactive map was originally created by Kyle Johnson at Delaware County GIS as a way to locate potential project sites. Now, it will also function as a guide for people who want to visit and learn more about all of the completed projects.

A walking tour is also under consideration, and while no details are set yet, it could become a reality next spring.

Euliss said artists are already inquiring about next season. Typically, funding allows for 12 boxes each year.
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