Traffic Signal Box Art

Burien Arts Commission Announces Installation of Traffic Signal Box Art
Posted on 11/02/2018

The Burien Arts Commission is pleased to announce the installation of the first Signal Box Art project in Burien.

The Signal Box Art project, funded by the City of Burien Art in Public Places Fund, includes ten signal boxes (the metal boxes used to control traffic signals) up and down 1st Avenue and Ambaum. The signal boxes were wrapped with vinyl wraps created from the artwork of ten Burien and Seattle artists. More than 30 artists submitted 72 pieces of art, which were then juried by the Arts Commission and community members. The selected artworks represent a combination of varied artistic styles.

About the Artists

  • Amaranta Sandys—152nd St. and 1st Ave S, Lolita Luchadora, An Indisputable Soul. “Lolita Luchadora,” sometimes viewed as a “superwoman,” symbolizes the many tasks mothers, teachers, artists, and nurses accomplish on a daily basis, and how they are role models for children and youth by leading by example,
  • Peter Christensen—156th St and 1st Ave S, Urban Camouflage.
  • Raymond Fernandez—143rd St and 1st Ave S, Kid
  • Morgan Bak—128th St and 1st Ave S, Lady on Fire,
  • Shannan Folino—146th St and Ambaum Blvd, The Far
  • Maureen Hoffmann—124th St and Ambaum Blvd, World Textiles. Representing the diversity of Burien through the imagery of traditional textiles,
  • Ted Larson—128th St and Ambaum Blvd, The Toonerville Trolley. A playful, mashup reference to the historical Lake Burien Railway service that ran along Ambaum Blvd. The small train ran from 1912 to 1929. It carried passengers from Burien to White Center in Seattle. Memorable disruptions to service were caused by caterpillars on the rails and winter ice.
  • Vikram Madan—122nd St and Ambaum Blvd, Contemplation,
  • Brett Piper—148th St and Ambaum Blvd, Gunther's Observation Tree. Observation tower near one end of the Lake Burien Railroad (a.k.a. The Galloping Goose).
  • Jake Prendez—116th St and Ambaum Blvd, Mujeres Fuertes. Mujeres Fuertes (Strong Women) represent women and the arts, the environment, and love in all its forms.

The wraps were installed the end of October and bring many different artist styles to the community, from historical imagery to landscapes and portraits.

Art in Public Places projects work to bring art to the Burien community. Public art can provide a sense of identity and understanding of where we live, work, and visit—creating memorable experiences for all, as well as beautifying a location and making a city more livable.

This is the first of three planned signal box art projects to be completed. More art will be brought into Burien neighborhoods over the next few years.