Traffic Box Public Art Project
The City of Sugar Land Cultural Arts division in partnership with the Public Works department and the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation have “wrapped” thirteen boxes located along Hwy 90 between Interstate Hwy 59 and Hwy 6. The City sought regionally-based artists to transform traffic signal control boxes in Sugar Land from functional infrastructure into colorful inspired works of art. The selected artists comprise a diverse cross-section of the local and regional community, and range in age from 18-years-old to adults.
GOALS OF THE PROJECT
- Beautify the right-of-way
- Provide a memorable welcome for visitors to Sugar Land
- Enhance an area in Sugar Land that could be a future Cultural District
- Support the City of Sugar Land’s reputation as a place to see art
- Brighten drive for commuters
- Engage the community and builds the capacity of local arts organizations
Temporary public art projects are one of the categories of projects determined to be most meaningful to Sugar Land and a priority for the Public Art Program’s resources.
Traffic Box Wrap Project Artists
Digging deeper into the molecular structure of sugar, which was the founding industry for the city, was the inspired approach to this compelling image. The microscopic sugar crystals reveal a rich diversity of form and color, all coalescing to form a singular gesture. Reflective of the diversity of Sugar Land itself, the scientific structure is inherently harmonized.
Location: Town Center Blvd. N. @ Mall Ring Rd. (near Sugar Land City Hall).
Debra Jan Heintschel
This playful box was inspired by the Sugar Land Animal Shelter Petopia. Many residents, friends and family have adopted, or ‘Rescued,’ loving wonderful pets.
Location: Commonwealth Blvd. @ University Blvd.
Love is Everywhere!
This piece represents the "Love" of our community with sign language elements. You find it in our parks, schools and in our neighborhoods.
Location: Lexington Blvd. @ University Blvd.
Debra Jan Heintschel
The Fountain was inspired by Sweetwater Boulevard’s beautiful fountain in the roundabout at Sweetwater Country Club.
Location: Lexington Blvd. @ Sweetwater Blvd.
Sugar Land Clock Tower
When I saw how nice our Town Center is, it occurred to me that I should take photographs of City Hall. Sugar Land history is important! The clock tower is a lot more impressive when captured by itself.
Location: Hwy 59 @ First Colony Blvd./Sweetwater Blvd.
I love how urban and natural environments exist side by side in Sugar Land. I wanted to bring even more color to the streets with my design. Daisies in it symbolize new beginnings and dandelion is associated with dreams that do come true.
Location: Colony Square @ First Colony Blvd.
Wildflowers simply bring me to my knees! These paintings celebrate a few of the vibrant beauties amongst the many varieties of wildflowers that can be found "everywhere" in Sugar Land on a nearly year-round basis.
Location: Meadowcroft Blvd. @ First Colony Blvd.
I am inspired by the themes and motifs of the traditional Yoruba beadwork of West Africa, which is seen in the background of the painting.
Location: Brooks St. @ Guenther St. (Near Hwy 90).
At the Garden Party
Pansies, petunias and morning glory fill front yards and flower beds in Sugar Land. I wanted to capture the beauty of their lines and colors and the cheerful mood flowers are able create - no matter if it’s rain or sunshine outside.
Location: Hwy 59 @ Grand Parkway (under the overpass).
My intention was to create an artwork that puts focus on how Sugar Land supports music by bringing diverse events and musical genres to the Smart Financial Center. I strongly believe music is a universal language that does not need words to bring people together. What better way to show that belief than with a painting of a beautiful instrument - the Saxaphone.
Location: Hwy 59 @ University Blvd. (under the overpass).
City With History
The design has all the specialties of Sugar Land including Bob Pack’s Father of Texas statue located in Sugar Land Town Square, native flowers, the endangered native monarch butterflies. Sugar Land has history of its own with the female face resembling and symbolizing the people who lived in the region prior to the founding of Texas.
Location: Hwy 59 @ Sweetwater Blvd. (under the overpass).
Springtime in Sugar Land
A whimsical piece done in pointillism style, to feature Sugar Land as a wonderful place to raise children, full of trees and flowers. Adults and children alike will be drawn to the playful, colorful insects and flowers found in this happy piece.
Location: Hwy 59 @ HW 6 (under the overpass).
This design is an interpretation of the theme “Sugar Land Everywhere” by including a creative use of color, patterns and strong contour lines representing the very essence of our city. Sugar Land is not just extremely diverse community, but also very open to the contemporary world of creativity.
Location: Hwy 59 @ Williams Trace Blvd./Sugar Lakes Dr. (under the overpass).
A good environment or a good country is made of different people with different profiles; with different backgrounds and great ideas.
Location: Hwy 59 @ Sugar Creek Blvd. (under the overpass).
This design represents the Monarch Butterfly migration in our community.
Location: Hwy 59 @ Hwy 90 (under the overpass).
Sweet Things of Sugar Land
"As a resident of Sugar Land, I have a passion to celebrate our beautiful community and long history. My vision for the Traffic Box Wrap is to use my flat-line graphic style to illustrate iconic architecture and aspects of life in Sugar Land. The illustrations include the historic Sugar Refinery, City Hall, Constellation Field, Smart Financial Center, Railroad and Airport. Some of the activities and accent illustrations include the dragon boat races, kite festival, sugar cane fields, our lush vegetation, and more."
Location: Hwy 6 at Imperial Blvd.
"The theme of Sweet Things brought to mind honey – what could be naturally sweeter? Also, Sugar Land depended on the honey bee to pollinate numerous crops in the many farms dotting the area in its distant and not-so distant past. We should all be mindful of our environment and the need to protect the beneficial insects around us."
Location: Hwy 90 at Savoy St.
"Sweet Transformation is a mixed media project that highlights two ideas: the first, the endangered Monarch Butterflies that are native to Sugar Land; and second, the metamorphosis or transformation of the beautiful City of Sugar Land. I was inspired to do this artwork by a friend, Nancy Cartie, who is a volunteer rescuer and champion of the Monarch Butterfly."
Location: Hwy 90 at Schlumberger Dr.
"I learned to do glass mosaics a few years ago, and enjoyed the challenges of a new medium. When I heard about Sugar Land’s project of having art on traffic boxes, I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to blend the knowledge of both old media (drawing) with new (mosaics), to make a faux mosaic drawing."
Location: Hwy 90 at Main St.
"I occasionally see these flowers on the side of the road when they bloom in the spring, and its symbolism of youth and young love reminds me of the people's love for Sugar Land and the ever-growing prosperity of this city. With this palette I want to help beautify the scenery of Sugar Land with a touch of pink year-round."
Location: Hwy 90 at Gillingham Ln.
Sugarcane in Color
"My work shows the growth of Sugar Land as represented by colorful sugarcane plants. These plants remind me of the growth of our sweet city; from its agricultural roots to the bloom of diversity we celebrate today."
Location: Hwy 90 at Dairy Ashford Ln.
Rosa Cruz (aka Rosa Cruglez Sternmann)
"Metallic Space a piece that speaks about the inclusion and diversity that we want to see in our world and society. How these elements can create an unique spatial beauty in our universe, a beauty that teach us the tolerance and the elegance of the difference and the well being and progress that can bring us if only we let it to be."
Location: Hwy 90 at University Blvd.
Tweet, Tweet, Sweet
"Tweet, Tweet, Sweet is a vibrant uplifting reminder of beautiful things meant to give joy to passers by. It is intended to wish a good morning, offer a mid-day greeting or bring a simple smile after a long day. I painted happy birds because they're carefree and have mastered a simple approach to life. Butterflies embrace change and represent promise of good things still to come."
Location: Hwy 90 at Hwy 6 (under overpass)
"Who doesn't love something sweet?? We celebrate every great occasion with a sweet treat: Weddings, birthdays, we have cake, Thanksgiving a ton of pies are consumed and Valentine’s is off the charts in the amounts sweets enjoyed. Let’s face it even alligators have a giant sweet tooth. This Sugar Gator is cooking up a few treats now. Enjoy. Sweets are a great part of life."
Location: Hwy 90 at Ulrich St.
"Butterfly Garden is a visual representation of the bright and joyful summer scene. I meticulously organized and placed all flowers and plants in pleasing overall composition, and each bloom can be recognized as in the photographic representation of a realistic flower orchard. This artwork, with the garden, full of blooming flowers and hovering butterflies, also reflects on my inner environment."
Location: Hwy 90 at Industrial Blvd.
Lady in Blue
"My design personifies love and unity with a female representation who is left uncolored to allow many races to relate to her and feel her emotional yet strong state. The large flower symbolizes love and trust while the graphic baby’s breath represents purity of the heart. The birds are a depiction of our state bird drawing homage to Texas. I hope this design shows that people can be sweet and delicate while still empowering the belief in a strong future."
Location: Hwy 90 at Easton Ave.
Debra Jan Hall Heintschel
Sugar Land Train
"Inspiration for the Sugar Land Train is the rich history & economic value of commerce to Sugar Land. The train & railway portrayed with the sugar refinery reminds the community of key factors for the City's ongoing development."
Location: Hwy 90 at Brooks St.
"I grew up in Arizona and was impacted by the bright colors of Mexico and the Southwest that has made its way into my art. Our family owns multiple commercial bakeries and have always used Imperial Sugar. I never could have imaged we would end up working and living in the shadow of the refinery. So excited to have some sugary treats from our family showcased on the streets of Sugar Land, Texas."
Location: Hwy 90 at Lombardy Dr.