Centennial Traffic Box Wraps

by | Art in the City

In 2021, Centennial began installing murals on traffic boxes across the city. These boxes reflected the city’s values: neighborhoods matter, education is embraced, businesses are valued and innovation absolute. In March 2023, the Centennial Arts and Cultural Foundation (CACF) partnered with the city to create a “Call For Artists” to participate in the Traffic Box Wrap project. This marks the first opportunity for CACF to work with the City of Centennial to bring art to public places, include local artists in the process and have Centennial residents play a part in selecting the winners.

In April, CACF reached out to the community looking for volunteers to be on the selection committee to review and rank the entries. 25 artists submitted entries for this Traffic Box Wrap project. Artists were to create six proposed art wraps for three different locations: Smoky Hill Road, the intersection area at Dry Creek and Chester and Colorado Blvd from Arapahoe Road to Dry Creek Road. In June, all entries were submitted and reviewed by the selection committee made up of 17 volunteers from the community. The winners were announced at the Centennial Under The Stars event on August 12, 2023. The Traffic Box Wraps are expected to be installed in the fall. It is anticipated that this will be an annual event for the City of Centennial.

The winning artists for the 2023 Centennial Traffic Box Wrap project are:
Smoky Hill Road
Jaclyn Garrett
Strasburg, Colorado

Colorado Blvd
Steve Riecks
Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Dry Creek and Chester
Liz Cunningham
Lone Tree, Colorado

2024 Call is OPEN!

As part of the City of Centennial’s annual efforts to bring art into the community,  Centennial is working with CACF to search for local artists to provide public art.  After this call is closed, judges will rank all submitted applications.  The top three (3) pieces of art will be the winning submissions and each artist will be eligible for a $1,000 commission. Each winning piece will be replicated at four (4) different locations throughout Centennial.  The City of Centennial reserves the right to select which art is best suited for each available 2024 location.

Upon approval by the City of Centennial and the receipt of a signed agreement, the City of Centennial will request the appropriate digital files as specified in this call. Traffic Boxes (cabinets) have variable sizes and configurations that may require adjustments to art files in order to fit best and display art in its best configuration.

The winning artists and artwork will be celebrated at Centennial Under the Stars on August 10, 2024 at Centennial Center Park.

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CACF is an independent non-profit established in 2021 and is not affiliated with the City of Centennial.