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The Decatur Box Project: Call for Artists

Project Summary

Larry Holland of Fishbone Art and organizer of Secret Doors Decatur, with the support of the Decatur Arts Alliance and the Decatur Downtown Development Authority, is back at it with a new public art initiative, the Decatur Box Project. You may have seen the handful of traffic signal boxes at intersections around town that have been transformed from their dull gray corroded metal into colorful, whimsical works of art. Phase one is complete, with boxes designed and painted by Larry Holland, Nick Madden, Gerry ‘Madness’ Gorman and Catlanta. Artists are invited to apply to participate in Phase Two of the project, which will bring up to twenty more boxes to life in and around downtown Decatur.


Site Description

Traffic signal boxes at various intersections throughout downtown Decatur. Boxes measure approximately 4’ tall, 3’ wide and 2’ deep.


Design Criteria

  • Designs must not be offensive or contain any traffic lights, signs or signals.

  • Designs must not include any breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands, business names or images of drugs.

  • Nothing may be attached, fastened or glued to the box.

  • Artwork must be original by the artist applicant.

  • Artist’s signature must be included in the design.

  • If the design is to include text, it must be included in the design mock up.

  • All visible sides of the traffic signal control box must be included in the mock up.

  • All functional elements of the box – key holes, handles, labels and hinges – must be masked and remain free of paint.

  • Traffic boxes must be monitored, maintained and repaired for a period of one year after completion. This includes keeping the box free from tags and vandalism.

  • Once painting has begun, it should be completed within a one week period from start to finish.

  • All priming, painting, and clear coats must be completed within two weeks once painting has begun. Two coats of a durable quality clear coat must be applied after completion.



Fishbone Art will furnish selected artists with a $75 materials stipend. Upon completion of the project, each artist shall also be awarded a $125 honorarium.



Issue Call: 

July 15, 2016


Submission Deadline: 

August 7, 2016 5:00 p.m.


Artist Notification: 

August 15, 2016


Signed Disclaimer Due Date: 

August 23, 2016


Artwork Installation Deadline: 

September 30, 2016


How to Apply 

Applications must be completed in full, including a digital file of the proposed design as well as images of up to three art samples, and submitted online only at by 5:00 p.m. August 7, 2016. A disclaimer form will be emailed upon final artist selection by August 15, 2016 and must be signed and resubmitted by August 23, 2016 or the box is relinquished to the next selected artist. A $75 materials stipend will be issued via PayPal and boxes will be assigned upon receipt of the signed form.


Applications Closed


Thank you for your interest in this project!

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