Keep Tyler Beautiful has added its two newest boxes in their Beauty and the Box program. The City of Tyler and Keep Tyler Beautiful launched this pilot program in 2016 by wrapping ten traffic utility boxes showcasing art designed by local artists. The program was met with so much positivity, the Keep Tyler Beautiful board decided to sponsor two boxes which were wrapped and unveiled on Thursday, May 25.
The artistic pieces chosen and highlighted on the new boxes were created by local artist, Valeria Barnhill. These newly wrapped pieces are located at the intersection of Independence Drive and Broadway, in front of the Broadway Square Mall, and at the intersection of University Boulevard and Old Omen Drive.
"The art on these utility boxes is fun and interesting," said Keep Tyler Beautiful board chairman, Sarah Wruck. "It adds so much to the overall appeal of our community."
Keep Tyler Beautiful aims to expand this program throughout the City of Tyler. While the first ten boxes were concentrated in the Downtown Business, Arts and Culture District, these two new boxes are spread about Tyler.
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 will be able to place their name at the bottom of the box.