Decatur has made strides over the past year and a 1⁄2 to convert banal, drab, and often corroding pieces of traffic infrastructure into mood-lifting works of art.
The Decatur Box Project has blanketed the ITP city with a vibrant array of paintings applied to traffic signal boxes (alternate name: cabinets), echoing similar initiatives from Augusta to Seattle and far beyond.
In the process, Decatur’s become an Atlanta-area pioneer in making traffic boxes—long the jurisdiction of graffiti tags, stickers, and taped-up flyers—memorable, if not artistically dazzling.
The driving force behind the project was Larry Holland of Fishbone Art (also the organizer of Secret Doors Decatur), who was backed by the Decatur Arts Alliance and the Decatur Downtown Development Authority.
Holland led fundraising efforts, and selected artists were provided 75 bucks for materials and a $125 honorarium. Nearly 30 works are finished across the city (here’s a comprehensive map).
Below is a visual sampling of Decatur’s vibrant boxes—and info on where to find them: