StART’s 2021 Outside the Box Applications are now closed.

The Outside the Box program provides an opportunity for local artists to create works of art on traffic signal boxes across Toronto. Since 2013, over 350 boxes have been hand-painted by local artists, or wrapped featuring designs by local graphic artists, and transformed into extraordinary works of art. Artists and graphic designers applying to this program are encouraged to consider the context of the local area and the city as a whole. Art calls for hand-painted boxes, and graphic designs for wrapped boxes, are issued separately.

  • Applicants must reside in the City of Toronto.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
  • City of Toronto employees are not eligible to apply.

Finished works will be on functioning City of Toronto equipment that will need repair or replacing at some point in time. The City therefore cannot guarantee the duration of use of each traffic signal box. Artists and graphic designers should also be aware that traffic signal boxes are often targets for vandalism. Although the City will protect the artwork with a vandal-resistant clear coat or wrap, it cannot guarantee that vandalized traffic signal boxes will be repaired and the artwork restored to its original state. Artists must accept the risk that their artwork may be damaged, altered, or removed at any time after completion.

All 2021 Outside the Box Applications are now closed.

Hand Painted Boxes

Graphic Designers – call closed.

Wrapped Boxes

In addition to the hand-painted traffic signal boxes, StART also wraps traffic cabinet boxes with a graphic synthetic wrap. The project currently features original artwork by Gary Taxali, photographic images by the late Moira McElhinney and Benjamin Freedman. More wrapped boxes are added every year.

Wrapped Boxes – call closed.


Box Dimensions: City of Toronto Traffic Signal Box Dimensions

Download Outside the Box posters featuring hand-painted traffic signal boxes throughout the city: