The City of Tyler has announced 'Beauty and the Box.' An opportunity for artists to have the art displayed publicly in the Downtown Business, Arts and Culture District (DBAC.)

Keep Tyler Beautiful, Tyler Solid Waste and the Main Street Department have pulled together to sponsor a competition between artists to cover up the utility boxes in the DBAC district at various intersections.

Artists will not only have their work on display, but they will be awarded prizes as well. Ten $250 prizes have been set aside for the artists who win. Submissions may entered beginning Monday, Feb. 29 until 4 p.m. through Tuesday, March 15.

The goal is to make the utility boxes appear more appealing.

“The selected images will have an appeal to people passing by on foot, bicycle or in a vehicle,” said Beverly Abell, department leader for the City of Tyler Main Street Department. “This project will further promote the DBAC and be a part of the many positive venues we have in our downtown area.”

An impartial board of jurors will be reviewing and making the selections Abell said. Winning selections will be formally announced and unveiled in mid-April.

Applications and details can be downloaded from the Keep Tyler Beautiful web page,

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