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MOSCOW, Idaho—The City of Moscow and the Moscow Arts Commission announced the submission period for designs to be installed on vinyl-wrapped signal boxes, with artist materials accepted now through Feb. 28.
Artworks featured on vinyl-wrapped boxes have been part of the City of Moscow’s temporary public art collection since 2012. The project provides public spaces for artists to share two-dimensional work and beautifies street fixtures throughout the community.
The City of Moscow has identified three new boxes to be wrapped in vinyl. Additionally, the vinyl will be replaced according to the standard five-year rotation schedule at two existing sites. The boxes slated for vinyl installation in 2022 are at the following locations:
Pieces chosen by the selection panel will be displayed for a period of up to five years. Selected artists will each receive an honorarium of $600.
Artists 18 years of age or older who live in Latah, Nez Perce, Asotin or Whitman Counties, along with Nez Perce or Coeur d’Alene tribal members are encouraged to participate. Artists are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital or familial status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and gender expression or identity.
Public art is at the heart of Moscow’s creative culture, and with a collection including works by local and regional artists, its public spaces reflect the Inland Northwest’s tradition of artistic excellence.
Artworks range from sculptures and murals to framed pieces in the City’s portable collection. Temporary artworks include vinyl-wrapped utility boxes and bus shelters as well as sculptures at the Intermodal Transit Center on the University of Idaho campus.
The City of Moscow’s acquisition of public art began in the 1980s, and is supported by a 1% for the Arts fund established by ordinance in 2004. A Public Art Master Plan guides the Moscow Arts Commission, Arts staff, and community members as they incorporate new works into the City’s landscape.
Moscow is rich with diversity of thought, inhabited by minds open to possibility and creative interpretation. As such, the public art program celebrates the artist as a professional and valued business partner while welcoming a broad range of media and art-making processes into its collection.