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Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013 12:00 am

Golden koi fish swirling in a dark pond. A collage of wine glasses, a grape press and Lodi wine events. A lifelike, proud rooster.

These designs and more will be hand-painted onto five traffic control boxes at busy intersections in Lodi over the next two months.

The final designs were announced at a Wednesday meeting of the Public Art Advisory Board, said Deanie Bridewell, liaison to the Lodi Arts Commission.

The board did not have specific criteria for the designs, but instead was focused on creativity.

Three designs came from Patti Wallace, and two came from Dario Gonzales and Brittany Pudwell.

Those artists are the only ones who submitted designs for the first phase of this project.

"Although we had hoped for more art to be submitted, the board was delighted by the quality and design of the submitted art," said Bridewell.

Gonzales and Pudwell designed a view of Lodi Lake to be featured on the control box near the Turner Road and Mills Avenue, and a winery collage for the Lodi Avenue and Lower Sacramento Road box.

The team was confident their design would be selected.

"Being that the art scene in Lodi is an older scene, I didn't think too many others would submit anything. I was pretty stoked about it," he said.

This public art display is a first for Gonzales, who has had a few paintings displayed in local restaurants.

Gonzales said getting both boxes painted in a month will be tricky.

"We have to use enamel paints. The box has to be primed, painted, weatherproofed and sealed," he said.

Wallace submitted three designs: a rooster, a group of koi swimming in a pond and a collage of portraits. Her designated boxes are at Pine Street and Cherokee Lane, Hale Road and Cherokee Lane, and Harney Lane and Reynolds Ranch.

The artists will be paid $100 per box, which covers the cost of materials. The money is provided by the Art in Public Places fund. The work will be competed by the end of May.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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