'Outside the Box'
Traffic Box Art Program

"What started as a graffiti removal program has blossomed into one of the County’s most beloved artistic endeavors. One by one, traffic signal boxes are getting artistic makeovers. County Parks’ Outside the Box program has employed more than a dozen local artists to beautify otherwise dull utility boxes. They are being transformed into one-of-a-kind pieces of public art adorned with butterflies, robots, marine life—even composer Lou Harrison." - GoodTimes 2017

Phase 6 of Outside the Box has concluded. If you would like to be contacted when Phase 7 opens, please email - subject line in your email should read "OTB phase 7 interest."  

Outside the Box Photo Gallery

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Get Involved with Outside the Box

Want to contribute to the vibrancy of our county? Learn how to participate below!

Basic Info
Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services is seeking artists to participate in the Outside the Box (OTB) public art program. Local artists (artist must reside in the County of Santa Cruz) will be selected to paint an image on one or more traffic signal controller boxes.
How to Participate
  • People seeking more information or who wish to participate can email
  • Please include your name and contact information.

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(831) 454-7901 (General)

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