Wabash artist Terry Pulley was one of the artists commissioned to create this local design. Provided photo
Wabash artist Terry Pulley was one of the artists commissioned to create this local design. Provided photo
New public art will be dedicated during First Friday festivities at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 at the northwest corner of Canal and Miami streets at the traffic control box located outside Schlemmer Brothers Hearth & Home, 108 W. Canal St., according to Andrea Zwiebel, executive director for Wabash Marketplace.

The event will honor the installation of 15 decorative art wraps on traffic control boxes throughout Wabash and North Manchester.

“The large, metal boxes at prominent intersections are wrapped in famous works of art. Also, two of the designs feature artwork by local artists,” said Zwiebel. “The public is encouraged to socially distance. ... The event will feature brief remarks from the partners on the project, unveiling of the art wrap, the first look at the printed brochure, photo opportunities and meet-and-greet with local artists.”

The project is a partnership between Visit Wabash County, city of Wabash, town of North Manchester, Manchester Alive, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT), Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), Bad Apple Graphics and Wabash Marketplace.

“Wabash artist Terry Pulley and North Manchester artist Susan Ring were commissioned by Visit Wabash County to create two local designs. The remaining designs are famous artwork available for licensing in the public domain. The designs are recognizable as masterpieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and more. The community is encouraged to use the map as a driving tour of Wabash County,” said Zwiebel.

The entire project, including all 15 designs and map, may be viewed online at https://www.wabashmarketplace.org/artwraps.html. Zwiebel said use the hashtag #ArtWrapsWabash County may be used on social media.
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