Signal Box art Denise Torrance

Local Artists Light Up Downtown Raleigh Signal Boxes

Signal Box art Denise Torrance
Signal Box art Cathy Foreman
Signal Box art Jermaine Powell
Signal Box art Kiara Sanders

The City of Raleigh Department of Transportation and Raleigh Arts are excited to put the skills of local creatives on display by wrapping 10 Downtown Raleigh traffic signal boxes with artwork.

Each signal box controls traffic lights at a nearby intersection. The boxes are integral to the flow of cars and pedestrians throughout the city, but their plain metal exteriors often leave them hidden in plain sight. This art project gives local artists a new canvas while also highlighting an important aspect of transportation infrastructure.

When asked to submit their ideas as part of the juried selection process, artists chose to focus on a wide variety of subject matter including fantastical deep-sea fish, pinball machines, the power of music, and a local feline celebrity named Tucker.

The 10 artists participating in the project include Jose Cruz, Gina Franco, Paul Friedrich, Cathy Foreman, Sam Greene, Anna Podris, Jermaine Powell, Ann Roth, Kiara Sanders and Denise Torrance.

Artwork Locations:

  • Granite Planet by Ann Roth, Peace St. and Glenwood Ave.
  • Jubilee Dancers by Jose Cruz, North St. and Glenwood Ave.
  • Conversation by Gina Franco, Boylan Ave. and Hargett St.
  • Onion Head Monster and the Dang Nabbit Rabbits by Paul Friedrich, Hillsborough St. and Harrington St.
  • Black Roses by Cathy Foreman, Wilmington St. and Hargett St. (Image 2)
  • Tucker - Oak City Kitty by Anna Podris, Salisbury St. and Davie St.
  • Luminescence of Cho by Denise Torrance, South St. and Salisbury St. (Image 1)
  • Lost Ocean by Sam Greene, Lenoir St. and Wilmington St.
  • Walk of Life by JP Jermaine Powell, Wilmington St. and Polk St. (Image 3)
  • Cardinal Capital by Kiara Sanders, East St. and Davie St. (Image 4)


An online map highlighting each location is in progress. Project team members are also assembling guidelines and outlining the process for Raleigh citizens interested in bringing art to a signal box in their neighborhood.


The City of Raleigh Transportation Department is committed to solving problems, planning, operating and maintaining a safe, well-maintained, efficient transportation infrastructure, and to providing excellent service and response to inquiries and concerns of all customers. 

The Office of Raleigh Arts supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the Arts Commission and the Public Art and Design Board and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. The Office of Raleigh Arts is a part of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department.




Kelly McChesney, Raleigh Arts

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