(traffic) intersection murals
A series of murals were commissioned by the Long Beach Redeveloment Agency and the Wrigley Village community for 3 traffic light boxes along Pacific Avenue. The designs were taken from the street banners along Pacific, an earlier public art project. The community loved the designs so much that they requested they be painted as murals.
Model studies were undertaken to determine how to place the existing street banner designs (cropped in various ways) on the boxes to achieve the best 3D composition and show variation. The designs facing Pacific are the community’s favorites.
The challenging aspect of implementing this project included the existing box conditions (thick layers of old, peeling paint); the sites (traffic corner intersections with high pedestrian / high-toxic-exhaust traffic); the heat of an LA summer; long distances to water / power outlets; gang tags / presence; the obsessive exactitude of the designs (not originally intended as murals); and the colorful conversations initiated by passersby or people shouting from their car (part of the street psychologist aspect of the job).
12 murals on 3 boxes
Each box is 2’ x 3’ x 5.5’ tall
Wrigley Village, Long Beach, CA
Intersections at 20th, 21st, & Hill with Pacific Avenue
Recognized by Americans for the Arts as 1 of 50 national public art projects in the 2012 Public Art Year in Review
The Long Beach Redevelopment Agency
Design, Prep, Drawing, Painting:
Painting Assistant (Late Stage):