The Keep Tyler Beautiful award-winning Beauty and the Box program began in 2016. The program was designed to take utilitarian traffic boxes and transform them into beautiful works of art by local artists. What started as a pilot program of ten boxes in the Downtown Business Arts and Culture District has now grown to 21 vinyl-wrapped boxes all across the City of Tyler with more boxes in the works.
Two more traffic signal boxes were wrapped with artwork by local artists at Old Jacksonville Highway and Troup Highway. At Old Jacksonville Highway and Grande Boulevard, a photograph of roses taken by David Di Paolo has been sponsored by Latta Dentistry. At the corner of Troup Highway and Lindbergh Drive, an abstract tree drawing by artist Julia Bradshaw wraps the traffic box.
Anyone can sponsor a utility box in Tyler. The sponsor will be able to choose from a selection of approved artwork at Main Street Gallery and a small sponsor banner at the bottom of the box will be added with the name of the business/organization. Local artists are also encouraged to continue submitting their artwork to Main Street Gallery to be considered for this program.