Downtown Colorado Springs announced a new program “that will add to the visual vibrancy and character of downtown’s urban streetscape,” according to a news release from the Downtown Partnership.
INTERSECTION will feature original designs on 12 downtown traffic signal cabinets, located at intersections throughout downtown.
“INTERSECTION is part of a larger initiative to improve the experience for pedestrians downtown and how our downtown looks and feels daily,” Susan Edmondson, president and CEO of Downtown Partnership, said in the release. “Artist designs on traffic signal cabinets have become a popular way across the country to beautify urban areas, while also deterring graffiti and damage.”
INTERSECTION will commission original designs that will transform the cabinets into notable artworks. Selected artists will be paid a stipend to create an original design which will be transferred to a high-quality vinyl wrap covering all four sides of the rectangular traffic signal cabinets. The program is funded through grants and sponsorships.
“INTERSECTION offers a meaningful sponsorship opportunity for businesses,” Edmondson said.
Up to 12 business sponsorships are available for the program; a $250 sponsorship allows a business to be recognized with their name on one cabinet. INTERSECTION cabinets will be viewed by tens of thousands of downtown workers, shoppers and visitors. Businesses interested in sponsorship opportunities can contact Downtown Partnership at 719-886-0088.
Artists are invited to apply through a Request for Qualifications process. Eligibility is open to visual artists in El Paso and Teller counties. Acceptable mediums include, but are not limited to: painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, mixed media and digital works.
Selected artists will be chosen through a juried process in which artistic quality serves as the primary criteria. To apply, artists should review the full RFQ available at downtowncs.com/intersection. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 9.