The City of Toronto’s Outside the Box program, a collaboration between Transportation Services’ Public Realm Unit and local artists, is wrapping traffic cabinet boxes with a graphically attractive, synthetic wrap.
- The more than 2,200 traffic-signal boxes across the city contain equipment that controls the traffic signals.
- The boxes are often susceptible to postering and graffiti vandalism.
Outside the Box project’s benefits include:
- beautifying city streetscape by using artwork by local artists, which include the photographic images by the late Moira McElhinney,
- reducing the impact of graffiti vandalism,
- reducing the cost of cleanup and maintenance, and
- supporting local artists.
This initiative is part of the City’s Clean Toronto Together campaign to keep Toronto streets clean and free of litter, posters and graffiti vandalism.
McElhinney (1956-2013) was a Toronto (Ontario, Canada) photographer who produced work that focused predominantly on nature and panoramic landscapes as she was “fascinated by the beauty and simplicity of the everyday world” she lived in.