Chattanooga art program showcases local artwork on traffic control boxes

Local artist, Josiah Golson explains his art. Image by WTVC.

A new public art program located right here in Chattanooga.. gives a new makeover to traffic control boxes downtown.

"All this time we were technicolor children trying to fit in a static black and white world," says local Chattanooga artist, an attorney, Josiah Golson.

A year longs design now on display for the world to see.

"The idea of the technicolor children are these individuals that just are able to feel free and be able to claim their identity," says Golson.

Art has always been a top priority for Josiah Golson, "My mother is a painter, and my dad is a writer" says Golson.

He decided to attend law school and become an attorney..but never strayed away from art.

He says he's learned to use his law background to inspire his creative side.

"I wanted to be an artist but have an understanding of the world a lawyer had, so that my art could speak to those same issues," says Golson.

Amy Donahue with Riverfront says what better way to express that same creativity, then through art paintings around Chattanooga on the traffic cabinet boxes. "We picked 15 designs to place onto traffic signal cabinets, basically from the riverfront to tenth street," says Donahue.Riverfront was adamant about finding local artists within the Chattanooga region for the program ArtSpark.

"We have the ability to spotlight 15 different artists that call Chattanooga and surrounding areas home," says Donahue.

Several artists were nominated and paid splash their creativity throughout the scenic city showing off not only local artists but the talent behind them.

"I thought it was a really great opportunity to activate spaces," says Golson.

This particular space was requested by Josiah to be placed on the corner of Georgia and Martin Luther King Avenue.

"It entails the cultural and musical history itself the civil rights history and so many stories that speak to the African-American experience in Chattanooga," says Golson.

Now....when you walk across the street...you might do a double take on something that speaks a thousand words.

To find out who the artist is on every block, all you have to do is walk over and the artists' name can be found at the bottom.

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