Missouri City debuts Signal Box Art Project
In keeping with the standards that have earned the Show Me City a Scenic City designation, Missouri City staff has launched a new signal box art project to promote City services and programs as well as highlight the work of talented young citizens.
In April, Missouri City staff kicked off the project by placing a Quail Valley Golf Course promotional design at the intersection of El Dorado Boulevard and Murphy Road. Nine additional locations have been installed since then, painted by local Fort Bend ISD students from across the City. Students throughout the school district have already painted boxes at the following locations:
• Quail Valley Middle School: FM 1092 at Plantation Settlement
• Marshall High School: Texas Parkway at Buffalo Run
• Missouri City Middle School: Texas Parkway at 5th St
• Hightower High School: Hurricane Lane at Trammel Fresno
• Elkins High School: Knights Court at SH6
• Elkins High School: Thompson Ferry at Oilfield Road
• Elkins High School: Colonial Lakes at SH6
• Water Park Elementary: Independence at Grand
• Armstrong Elementary: 5th Street at Independence Boulevard
Designs are submitted by students to staff, and once the collages have been approved, they are printed by Leonetti Graphics and placed on one side of the box by staff. The City has plans to create promotional designs for the Edible Arbor Trail, Roane Park and Fire Station 3; and Thurgood Marshall High School students have also submitted designs for the signal box at Texas Parkway and Buffalo Run Park.
“Anything can be submitted. From a child’s crayon drawing, to a photograph, to a charcoal drawing. Leonetti has been great at converting any artwork into the larger artwork,” Missouri City GIS Specialist Penny Hornsby said. “There are eight new art projects coming in the near future.”
Themed boxes planned by staff include a Juneteenth celebratory box, a military and Veterans appreciation box and others advertising nearby parks. As plans develop and become more concrete, staff will update the City website and social media sites to keep residents informed.
“Our plans going forward are to create a web map where anyone interested in submitting designs can click on individual traffic signal points, see if it’s been taken and, if it hasn’t, click a link where they can submit artwork,” Penny said. “We also want to create a story map to highlight each box, including a blurb about the artwork and its creator and what was their inspiration.”
As plans for the future continue to develop and more and more boxes are identified for potential art displays, Staff will be rolling out a design submission process for residents to feature their own work.
“Our main focus has been, and will be, that this is a platform for the community. We have so much talent here in the City, and this is an excellent and creative platform for citizens to show that off,” City Manager Ed Broussard said. “Staff began the program by approaching schools and asking them to submit art for boxes at intersections near them. Staff has plans in the future to expand the submission process and also highlight City facilities and programs.”
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