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Bristol's traffic boxes being turned into pieces of art

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BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

Boxed art is creating a big buzz in Bristol.

Suzanne Godau is one of several Bristol-based artists turning old, drab traffic boxes into works of art.

"I'm very happy about it, I think it just brings people's morale up to see pretty things,” Godau said.

Her design is made to look like a bag of apples and highlight the farming community.

"People are saying great job, they're giving me the thumbs up, and they’re making the effort to roll down their windows to say nice work,” Godau said.

Lindsay Vigue, captain of the Bristol Art Squad, said it is something different for the city.

"People I know drive these streets every day of their life and then all of a sudden there's this pop of color and someone's creativity coming through and it just stops them in their tracks and they go ‘hey, something different, this is nice, this is neat’,” Vigue said.

The Bristol Art Squad’s slogan is “All Heart” and is in a partnership with the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce.

Earlier this year, Eyewitness News showcased how the squad turned empty store fronts into galleries.

Now, drivers get a nice surprise when passing through the city, seeing artwork on the traffic boxes.

"I love looking at it, I love being able to say that I painted a traffic box in Bristol, in my hometown, it's something I can come back and look at whenever I want,” said artist Cody Martin, who used his traffic box to reflect on his days in the skate park.

Martin said he hopes to get creative with another box in Bristol.

The group hopes to paint 11 before the end of the fall, with more to come next year.

"It stops and makes them think, you know, I have really wonderful things right in our backyard,” said Mark Walerysiak Jr., marketing and brand manager for the Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce.

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