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Beautification Committee Gains Approval For Switchbox Art Project

Feb 28, 2015 05:57PM ● By Bill Gilman
Sometimes making changes to the simplest things can make a world of difference.
By a unanimous vote, the Board of Selectmen has approved a proposal put forth by the Town Beautification Committee for a "Switchbox Art Project."
Switchboxes are metal boxes, roughly 5 feet by 8 feet by 3 feet., which house communication cables. You will see these boxes located near the road, most often on side walks.
The Beautification Committee, teaming up with the Tewksbury Community of Artists, would like to tap into the vast local artistic talent to turn those drab green and beige utility boxes into showpieces the town can be proud of.
The committee is inviting local artists, ages 15 and up, to submit proposed designs. The entries will be judged and five artists will be chosen to bring their design to life on one of the switch boxes. A stipend of $150 will be awarded to 5 chosen artists to assist with the cost of supplies needed to properly execute this project.
Applications due on or before April 1, 2015. Selected artists will be notified by April 30, 2015. Artists will paint their assigned box within a two week window between May 1 -June 30, 2015.
"We're asking artists to depict Tewksbury as they would see it in the past, present or future," said Paige Impink, a member of the Beautification Committee.
While Tewksbury has more than two dozen switchboxes, most are under the control of the state because they are located along state roads. Most are along Route 38. According to committee Chair Jackie Stone, the red tape involved with requesting use of the state's switchboxes for the project, made it impractical. For that reason, the initial project will be limited to just the five switchboxes controlled by the town.
They are located at Livingston and East, Radcliff and Andover, North and Industrial, Andover and North, and Chandler and East.
"This is a chance to jazz up the town a little bit," said Stone.
Selectman Scott Wilson sits on the Beautification Committee. He and his fellow selectmen unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed the project.
"I think it's going to go a log way to beautifying Tewksbury," said Selectman David Gay. "(The town) desperately needs some areas of beautification."

To submit a proposed design, mail to:

Tewksbury Beautification Committee
c/o Tewksbury Town Hall
464 Main Street, 
Tewksbury, MA 01876

Or submit your proposed design by Email:

You can click here to download the application and click here to download the Switchbox template. There are also links to the application and guidelines on the Town of Tewksbury website

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