On Tuesday, Apr. 13, sophomore Olivia Schroeder spent her afternoon celebrating the release of her artwork, which is featured as a part of the Art of the Box project. The Knight Creative Commons Institute (KCCI) started the Art of the Box Program in 2020. The Art of the Box pilot program transforms City of Tallahassee traffic control boxes from vandalism to pieces of art featuring local artists. Its goal is to provide economic opportunity and marketing for artists, beautify major thoroughfares, create an economic engine that empowers creatives, transform governmental infrastructure into works of outdoor art, deter vandalism by replacing it with art, offer accessibility to art and add excitement.
“I really enjoyed coming up with a design that represented Maclay, being able to share it with others, and seeing it every day,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder’s Art of the Box is known as “Acorns to Oaks”. The location of her artwork is located on the Traffic Control Box between Maclay Blvd. and Meridian Rd. It was the 10th Art of the Box to be unveiled since the program started. It was also the first to feature a local student’s art and the first to be sponsored by a family. The “Acorns to Oaks” Art of the Box would not have been able to happen without the sponsorship of the Dudely family and the partnership of City of Tallahassee, FASTSIGNS and Maclay School.
“I got the chance to see her artwork very recently,” sophomore Jackson Kottkamp said. “I think she did a fantastic job. To me it captured the essence of Art of the Box. Her design invoked the somewhat backwoods nature that parts of Tallahassee have, yet also incorporates the vibrancy of the city and its population. I think it’s a perfect fit for Maclay.”
The other nine Art of the Boxes are featured by artists from all different backgrounds. The names and location of the other beautified traffic control boxes are “Infinite Possibilities” by Christopher Barnhart located on E. College Ave. and Adam St., “Southern Magnolias” by Nipa Eason located on Buck Lake Rd. and Pedrick Rd., “Florida at Night” by Powell Kay Kreis located on Market St. and Timberlane Rd., “Blue Planet Love” located on W. College Ave. and Duval St., “Charlotte’s Plants” by Maclay art teacher Sarah Painter located on W. College Ave. and S. Bronough St., “Harmony” by Peridita Ross located on Anita Davis Road, “Springtime Tallahassee” by Daniel Taylor located on E. College Ave. and Monroe St., “Moving On” by Walter Thorner located on W. Osceola St. and Wahnish Way and “Thinish Red Line of Hope” by Mary Liz Tippin-Moody located on W. Tharpe St. and Ocala Rd.
“Stunning! And so thoughtful,” art teacher Sarah Painter said. “I remember seeing a sneak peak of her progress on the design in class and being in awe, and when I first drove past it down Meridian my jaw literally dropped. It was so gorgeous.”