By Janee Law
Five more traffic signal boxes in Huntington village will soon be decked out in artwork created by Long Island artists. The boxes will join five others that were decorated in 2015.
Huntington town board officials approved the new addition during its Feb. 7 meeting, authorizing agreements with the state Department of Transportation to install the public art on the Main Street traffic boxes.
The town’s Public Art Advisory Committee selected five pieces of artwork from 10 submissions that will be placed on Main Street from Prospect Street to New York Avenue.
The artists include William Low, of Huntington, has designed “Tacking Off the Cape” that will be located on the southeast corner of Main and New street, and “Bumblebee” that will be located on the North West corner of Main and Clinton street.
John (Jack) E. Pierce, of Huntington, has designed “Flowers” that will be located on the south west corner of Main Street and New York Avenue.
Joseph Scinto, of Bayport, has designed “Tear Open a Book!” that will be located on the corner of Main and Prospect street and “The Bell Tower of St. John’s” that will be located on the south side of Main Street, between Prospect and Green street.
If any of the proposed works are withdrawn, an alternate artist, Robert Giordano, of Huntington, would step in with his “Crossing Centerport Channel” design.
Each pieces of artwork will be digitally printed on a vinyl wrap medium that will be applied to the traffic boxes.
Upon hearing the news of his acceptance, Scinto, 44, said he was elated.
“It revitalized my desire to enter more public art entries,” he said. “It was great.”
With advanced technology that they will be using and vendors providing the vinyl wraps, Scinto added, “it’s just such a nice easy medium and so convenient for anyone who has Photoshop and a laptop.”
In addition to his designs, Scinto said he had to integrate the New York State identifying markers, such as “NYS 15.1” and “NYS 15.41.”
“That was something that was an interesting challenge but it wasn’t a big problem,” he added. “I was just delighted that I was accepted so I’m very humbled and thrilled.”
Part of the town’s Public Art Initiative, the installation design and installation of the art boxes will cost a total of $8,500, whereas each installation will cost up to $1,700 and will be paid by the Huntington Village Business Improvement District.