This is another in a series of Heritage-themed Traffic Control Boxes by artist Tom
Andrich, which are situated downtown along the north side of Portage Avenue. In
the box was removed from the street because a larger box became required. The box
was donated to a private citizen. The 2 photos shown here are of the box at its original
location at Graham & Edmonton; in front of Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Tom Andrich: "My original design was for a big box, the Transit Signal Controller Box;
but instead they gave me the much smaller Traffic Signal Controller box. So I had to
redesign it for this size of box, because the dimensions are completely different for this
"I designed specifically for this location; I wanted something to be for Royal Winnipeg
Ballet. I've long thought that if it's public art it should be related to what is around it,
rather than being just a design. And there's not really been a lot done on the Royal
Winnipeg Ballet- and it's an international icon."
"As in all of the traffic controller boxes I've done, I've tried to create interest all the way
around the 4 sides of the box. I have the dancers going around from one side of the box
to the other- the same is true of the ribbon and the ballet shoes. You have to keep going
around the box to get the whole picture."
"The ballet students going in and out of the building were really appreciative of it. I
wanted to use ballerinas on the box who worked there! So the three portraits were taken
from dancers featured in RWB's current brochures."