City officials toast to new artwork on signal box along Alderwood Mall Boulevard

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City officials, members of the History and Heritage Board and members of the Arts Commission officially toasted to the newly decorated signal box on Alderwood Mall Boulevard and 40th Avenue West on Tuesday.

The box is the second to be wrapped in vinyl graphics in the city. The first is near the intersection of 196th Street Southwest and Scriber Lake Road. The graphics were applied last month, but the city officially toasted to the artwork Tuesday.

The new box’s design reflects the history of the location along the Interurban Trail, with images of the trolley mingled with images of bicycles. The trolley references the former railway line that used to run along the Interurban Trail. Now, the trail is a popular bike path.

“We wanted to enhance the box in a way that tells a story about this area,” said Arts Commission Member Paul Richards.

“The painting of the bicycle relates to people actively using the Interurban Trail,” History and Heritage Board Member Cheri Ryan, said. “The trolley images relate to this location where the former Seattle-Everett Interurban Railway line ran from 1910 to 1939.”

Artist Amy Pleasant, who painted the bicycle portion of the box, said she was inspired by a recent trip to Amsterdam, when she saw a large bicycle parking lot packed full of bikes next to a much smaller vehicle parking lot.

“I hope that this painting inspires people to get on their bikes,” Pleasant said.

The box took about four months to design, according to the city’s community programs coordinator Fred Wong. The vinyl graphics were finished in December, he said, but they had to wait until April to apply them because of wet weather.

Mayor Nicola Smith said there are still more than 60 signal boxes left to cover in Lynnwood.

–Story and photos by Natalie Covate

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