City to Consider Mural Art Program on Traffic Control Cabinets

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tomorrow will hear about a proposed 12-month pilot program to give private parties the opportunity to install original mural art on City traffic signal controller cabinets. Proponents say mural art beautifies public spaces, builds community, and may discourage visual blight resulting from graffiti vandalism.

Under the proposal, sponsoring entities would be responsible for selection of an artist, creating an art design, and obtaining a letter of support from the registered, active neighborhood association where the art resides. Sponsors also would take full responsibility for all costs of the projects.

Ward 1 and Ward 6 staff have been working with the Tucson Department of Transportation and the Tucson Pima Arts Council public art program to create the pilot project.