The Natick Community and Economic Development Department will seek the Select Board’s blessing on Wednesday for proposed street art at the Rte 27/135 intersection. The Board and Safety Committee have already approved the concept of having art painted directly on roadway surfaces.
The art, solicited in conjunction with the Natick Center Cultural District, is part of a broader traffic calming initiative that has featured sidewalk bump-outs and flexible posts funded via a state grant. It’s also part of an effort to integrate art into just about all aspects of how the town looks and operates and helps people get around.
Fourteen artists submitted 25 entries for the street art, and that list was narrowed to 10 finalists. Artists will receive grants of up to $1,800 to design and paint their works this spring. Hope you like ’em—they’re designed to be permanent.