SRFP 19-181: Boise Traffic Box Program

300 Gallons - Front/Side

“300 GALLONS”

"300 Gallons"

Since 2010, Boise City and Capital City Development Corporation have provided funding to commission Idaho artists to design vinyl wraps to be incorporated onto the Ada County Highway District traffic control boxes in Boise. Currently, 192 boxes are wrapped across the city. These boxes feature a broad array of styles and artistic mediums. When choosing the locations of these wraps, priority is given to high visibility intersections, proximity with schools, libraries, and other public facilities. Approximately 27 boxes have been identified within the downtown area and outlying neighborhoods for 2019.

196 Artists (or artist teams) applied, 31 of which were chosen. I was lucky enough to be one of them.

The selection panel consisted of members who served to represent the Arts & History Commission, Arts & History Advisory Team, Capitol City Development Corporation, and the local arts community. The members convened to review each application and make recommendations on which artists to select for the 2019 commission.

Thank You to the City of Boise, Arts & History Dept. I am both honored and thrilled to be a part of the city’s collection of Artist Traffic Boxes. Also, a big Thank You to friends and family for encouraging me along the way.

43°37'12.3"N 116°13'54.5"W

Location: Garden & Main, SE Corner

ARTIST STATEMENT

MAIN STREET + N GARDEN STREET (SE CORNER)

Already on the moon from the news of the opportunity to create one of Boise’s Traffic Boxes, I came back down to the earth when I was given the coordinates of where my art would come to live. An interesting location, where Main Street ends and Garden City begins, and only footsteps away from the Boise River. I knew immediately that I wanted to reference the river, but I didn’t want to neglect the other surrounding elements.

With a little more research, thought, and some math (not my best skill); I found out that the approximate volume of the box is 300 fluid gallons. This also just happens to be the approximate amount of water the average American family uses on a daily basis. 

The 300 gallon approximation only refers to household consumption, as in washing dishes/laundry, taking baths/showers, flushing toilets, etc.

300 gallons, 1 box… In my work, I’ve introduced this series of paintings of various buckets, pop art in style. A suggestion from the panel was to continue this in this project. Water, fish, crabs, boats, Ding! 1 box equals 1 bucket. This was my opportunity to create a larger than life bucket! Huge!

Everyday Boise is growing bigger and brighter, our city is becoming quite the metropolis. With growth and expansion there is always a need to consider the future effects of our decisions today. We can’t let Boise get lost in the shuffle of progress. With these concerns on my mind, I try to take personal inventory and consider how much I consume and, in turn, waste. It shocks me a times. I know I need to be more mindful and try to leave a softer footprint.

As I envision this Traffic Box, a large bucket sitting river adjacent, watching the traffic on Main Street, I see a physical representation of what I ordinarily take for granted. I take pause and begin to appreciate these resources. When a passerby decides to take a moment and ponder the scale of how much water we use, I hope it may spark that recognition in them. 

Our responsibility with our water and maintaining it’s quality is essential to our thriving in the future. I hope to inspire people to adopt more mindful habits when it comes to our relationship with water.

Manhattan Beach Pier

2220060 - Manhattan Beach Pier

Manhattan Beach Pier

The Manhattan Beach Pier is located just south of Los Angeles, CA. Close to LAX, but seemingly a lifetime away. This beach, along with many others along the Pacific Coast Highway, are where the heart and soul of Southern California live. It’s no wonder why so many songs and movies have used them as their muse.

Growing up as a boy on the opposite side of the country, a son of two crazy Southern California kids, I soaked up the feelings through stories and spending summer vacations at Grandma & Grandpa’s house in Orange County.

Manhattan Beach Pier​, 2018
Acrylic on stretched canvas
48 x 60 x 1.5 inches

2220060 - Manhattan Beach Pier

Manhattan Beach Pier II​, 2019
Acrylic on stretched canvas
24 x 36 x 1.5 inches

INSPIRATION

I recently made a trek back to L.A. and had the opportunity to visit Manhattan Beach and spend a long afternoon with my toes in the sand and surf. I felt centered again. Afterward, I remembered why I hate real rush hour traffic. In Boise, people get up in arms if you have to wait 15 minutes in traffic. After melting in my car for a bit, I finally broke free from traffic. 

The following day I was able to drive up and down the Pacific Coast Highway, to Malibu and Santa Monica. Even though I didn’t grow up in Southern California, I can’t help but feel a connection, assumingly passed down the generations. A piece of me will always think of it as home.