Great Barrington ‘Art Box’ showcases historic downtown sites

Franklin Marval of Cyanta Studios installing his work outside City Hall

Franklin Marval of Cyanta Studios installing his work outside City Hall

Great Barrington Visitors to the intersection of Main Street and Castle Street in downtown Great Barrington can now see City hall as it was over 100 years ago.

What was a drab, utilitarian traffic light control box is now shrouded in a historic image of the building from the 1870s.

The art box project is led by the city’s Historic District Commission. Member Jim Mercer proposed the idea to the Commission after being inspired by similar graphics in other city centers. “I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase our local architecture,” he said.

This is the first of several historic image installations planned on Main Street that will showcase the architecture and history of Great Barrington. Utility boxes at the intersections of St. James Place, Elm Street, Cottage Street and State Road will feature historic scenes at those locations, juxtaposed with existing buildings.

“We would like to thank Gary Leveille of Berkshire Creative Communications for providing high quality scans of historic images, and Franklin Marval of Cyanta Studios for printing and installing the artwork,” the city manager said. deputy Chris Rebold.

Funding for this effort was secured by 1Berkshire, through the Regional Economic Development Organization grant program provided by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Massachusetts Office of Business Development.

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