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Art Signals project underway in the City of Reno

20 neighborhood utility boxes will be painted over the course of the summer

Post Date:06/25/2019 3:16 PM

Staying true to a Reno tradition that began more than a decade ago, local artists have begun painting signal boxes (aka utility boxes) this summer, and they could be coming to a neighborhood near you!

A total of 20 signal boxes will be painted over the course of the summer. These are temporary pieces that will last from approximately two to five years. The location of the boxes are:

  • First & Virginia
  • Fourth & Sage
  • Fourth & Sutro
  • Fourth & Valley
  • Fifth & Sierra
  • Center & Eighth
  • Center & Plaza
  • Harvard & Plumb
  • Lake & First
  • N. Sierra St., across from Circus Circus parking garage
  • N. Virginia & Eighth
  • S. Meadows & Double R
  • Sutro & Wedekind 
  • Sutro & Oddie
  • Steamboat & Veterans Parkway
  • Stead & Silver Lake
  • Vassar & Holcomb
  • Virginia & S. Meadows Marketplace
  • Wells & Sixth
  • Wells & I-80 off ramp

About the Project

Art Signals is an annual Arts and Culture program coordinated by the City of Reno. The program uses signal boxes throughout the Reno community to serve as canvases for original art pieces painted by local artists, residents, students and community members of all ages.

The City of Reno’s Public Art Committee started painting signal boxes in 2008, mostly in the downtown Reno area. The program has grown to include about 40 painted signal boxes in the downtown area and beyond.

This year, the Public Art Committee, an extension of the Reno Arts and Culture Commission, expanded the Art Signals program to the North and South Valleys after receiving multiple requests from constituents who wanted to see them in their neighborhoods.

Art Signals is meant to contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of our community, deter graffiti, add to the vibrancy of our cityscape and create a sense of place and identity. The Public Art Committee and Reno Arts and Culture Commission approved the designs that are being painted.

Artists are paid $500 per signal box after completion, which includes payment for the artist’s time and materials. The funding comes from the 2% for Public Art Program required in Reno Municipal Code Title 22.

Refer to the project’s Call For Artists for more information.

Signal box submission template showing 4 sides of painted signal box

This artwork is currently being painted on the utility box located at Steamboat & Veterans Parkway.

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