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Art Spruces Up Signal Boxes

Some of the most eye-popping public art going up in Coeur d’Alene can be found at busy intersections. Original paintings and photos digitally transferred to vinyl are dressing up drab signal boxes from downtown and Riverstone to Ramsey Road and Government Way. Inspired by a similar project in Boise, the city and the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission launched the beautification program last year with art wraps on six of the street-level metal boxes, which house traffic signal equipment. They’re on track to decorate another 13 boxes this year and plan to continue next year. The wraps add to the city’s public art inventory while also deterring graffiti. Blank canvases are a target of taggers, but defacement stops once the vibrant wraps go on, said Steve Anthony, Coeur d’Alene’s recreation director/Scott Maben, SR. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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