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A Streetbox Named Desire: On the Streets Today!

If you’ve ever picked up Washington City Paper on the streets of D.C. or the surrounding suburbs, you’re familiar with the orange and black streetboxes that hold our issues. I’ve been told the first thing they evoke is Halloween.

As the paper’s circulation manager, I don’t get many opportunities to exercise my creative chops, so when we redesigned the paper earlier this year, I decided it would be an excellent opportunity to redesign the places where the papers live. After all, City Paper isn’t just published the week of Oct. 31.

I set out to find a suitable project that involved distributing the paper, and naturally I thought of cows. If you think back a few years, you might remember an international art project called “Cow Parade,” for which artists painted murals on life-size fiberglass cows. The cows have been displayed in cities all over the world, and many cities have come up with their own versions, like the "Party Animals" in D.C. in 2002. My take on the concept is called "A Streetbox Named Desire."

After seeking advice from other newspapers around the country, I decided to recruit an art studio, and found the perfect partnership in Silver Spring’s Pyramid Atlantic. The entire process has taken more than six months—from finding artists, to prepping the boxes, to giving the artists enough time to complete their designs. Finally, we’re ready to unveil the final products this week.

Eleven artists—Gretchen Schermerhorn, Sabeth Jackson, Adam Dwight, Francisco Rosario, Maggie Michael, Annie Albagli, Rebecca Katz, Marty Ittner and Ellen Smyth, Elizabeth Graeber, and Cara Hunt—designed distribution boxes however they saw fit, and the results are beautiful. Enjoy, keep picking up City Paper, and don’t forget to vote for your favorite design online!

The designs:

 

Marty Ittner and Ellen Smyth

Rebecca Katz

Sabeth Jackson

Adam Dwight

Annie Albagli

Gretchen Schermerhorn

Elizabeth Graeber

Francisco Rosario

Maggie Michael

Cara Hunt

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  • Darrell M

    Nice job Molly! City Paper and DC should be proud of your work.

  • Megan

    Very cool!! War Eagle

  • jerry berner

    I like the Ittner/ Smyth design the best because it most simply and clearly states the message about the Newspaper.

  • marybindc

    Elizabeth Graeber

  • noodlez

    I LOVE THE COLOR SCHEME OF HUNT BUT THE DEPICTION ON GRAEBER'S BOX CONVERGES AND CAPTURES W.D.C. LIFESTYLE AND THE COVERAGE OF THAT LIFESTYLE BY WCP.

    ALBAGLI WAS SPOT ON WITH BOX MONSTER. YOU DEFINITELY HAVE TO BE HANDS FREE AND ON YOUR GAME CAUSE THEY WILL ATTACK YOU. DO NOT SET A CUP COFFEE ON IT’S HEAD. A BIG NO-NO. ALSO, GETTING A DEAD TREE EDITION OUT OF ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS THE EQUILVALENT OF TRYING TO GET Drez AND Truth TO SAY HOW MUCH THEY LOVE MAYOR GRAY!

    1. GRAEBER
    2. HUNT
    3a.ALBAGLI
    3b.ROSARIO

    YO MS KATZ I THINK YOU LEFT A LOT OF PAINT IN YOUR JARS. WHICH I DONT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT JUST SEEMS TO ME THAT YOUR CAUSE COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER SERVED EVEN THOUGH WDC IS A DOG TOWN (SEE $400K DOG PARK IN UPPER N.W).

    GREAT WORK BY EVERYONE!

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  • georgia scarbrough

    took pleasure in the story sabeth's work led me to imagine. color becomes a part of the story lending a particular emotion to my tale.

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