The Art in Public Places fund, a new Medfield Foundation Initiative, launched the Art Box program late in 2013. This program will use six traffic signal boxes in town to share stories of Medfield’s history through images and text. These otherwise ugly utility boxes, owned by the town, are the perfect canvas for public art and provide the opportunity to both beautify the traffic signal boxes and share stories of Medfield’s history.
“We started with the utility box outside Bank of America as an anchor in the Cultural District,” said MCC Chairman Jean Mineo. “We have also included the box in front of CVS because if its prominent location, though outside of the Cultural District.”
The installation of the first Art Box in downtown Medfield on Main Street (Route 109) at the intersection with Pleasant and North Streets took place on November 23, 2013.
The box features artwork by renowned artist John Austin Sands Monks who lived and worked in Medfield in the late 1800s. Monks designed the Medfield Town Seal in 1896 and used the Peak House as his studio, as well as the building at 406 Main Street which he shared with his colleague, landscape painter George Inness.
Five additional installations are planned at utility boxes around town including one in front of CVS featuring artwork by George Inness, and another on South Street near the former Lord’s department store featuring the history of straw hat making to be researched and designed by Montrose students. Three others will feature Lowell Mason, Hannah Adams and Rocky Woods.