salt box art to tide us over til the thaw
February 18, 2021 10:46 AM   Subscribe

Juliet Ames and other local artists are decorating Baltimore's salt boxes. You can see a few highlights in this gallery from the Baltimore Sun (although you'll use up a one of limited clicks if you aren't a subscriber).

If you're local, or visiting, there's a map to find more. Google map created by Robert Atkinson, who you can also follow for salt box decorating news via Instagram account baltimore.saltbox.

Ames can be found on twitter @thebrokenplate.

For the young, or young at heart, perhaps you'd like to design your own salt box with this coloring page.

Stay warm, and watch your step out there!
posted by the primroses were over (6 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I wish the city would decorate the salt box that is literally on my lawn. It also would have been nice if they had told me it was going to be placed there before dropping it off overnight.
posted by Faint of Butt at 11:41 AM on February 18

What a great series of decisions and interaction - Baltimore runs infrastructure to help people look after themselves; the artist comes up with a change that is reversible, and safe, and keeps the recognizable yellow; the city likes it.
posted by clew at 11:52 AM on February 18 [2 favorites]

I recognize that it's not the point of this post, but I really like the jewelry that Juliet Ames makes. I clicked through from her Twitter to her website, and it's neat.
posted by jacquilynne at 1:23 PM on February 18

These are so cool! I have never heard of the Baltimore salt boxes before and I love them as a concept and city service, and love the art ideas to spruce them up.
posted by misskaz at 3:43 PM on February 18

How wonderful is it that she looked something mundane and saw beauty, and then head the courage to act on it and share it with her neighbors? So wonderful.

Thanks for this lovely post.
posted by ChodenKal at 4:40 PM on February 18 [2 favorites]

These are great! I would love to be involved in this sort of project! She saw a need and she filled it, how lovely and satisfying it must be.
posted by Glinn at 7:23 AM on February 19

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