Midland nominated for award for traffic utility box contest

Midland nominated for award for traffic utility box contest

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - The City of Midland wants you to think outside of the box yet again. They've started another contest to get Midlanders to send in designs for their utility boxes. They are even nominated for an award because of their idea.

Construction has become a way of life in Downtown Midland.

"It's a lot of inconvenience for people who work and visit downtown," said Cristina Odenborg, Midland downtown development coordinator.

You can bet there will be a road closure, but among the hustle and bustle of construction work.

"It looks good. It looks really good," said Carol Ramirez, seeing her utility box design up close for the first time.

Pops of color can be seen on street corners.

"It's bright. It's colorful. That's exactly what I wanted," said Ramirez.

Ramirez is one of the five artists whose work is displayed on utility boxes along Wall Street.

"You may be having a bad day and you see some art and it takes you to a different place in your head. I think arts important for everybody," said Ramirez.

Creating beauty in something ordinary, it's that idea that brought the city to reach out to local artist's like Ramirez.

"We got more submissions that we anticipated," said Odenborg.

The city received a total of 52 submissions.

Now, Midland is nominated for a best public improvement award for their efforts. They are looking for more people to create designs for their boxes.

"Downtown is the heart of Midland. Doing this is just one way of activating the space downtown," said Odenborg.

For the city, it's a way to bring people in.

For artists, it can be their outlet.

"There is not a lot of place in Midland for local artists to show their work their work so this is perfect, perfect place for it," said Ramirez.

Midland is competing with Tyler and Plano in the Texas Downtown Association's President's Awards program. The winner will be announced in November.

If you want to design a traffic box, click here: http://bit.ly/2fy6xA5.

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