Baltimore Salt Box
I've always been charmed by the Salt Boxes scattered around Baltimore City. When they show up on street corners in the late fall, I get excited thinking that a snow day could be around the corner. For those not familiar with these boxes, they are yellow wooden boxes with a hinged lid that are (usually) filled with salt to help residents when it snows. They arrive in late fall and are picked up in spring for storage and maintenance. Until this year. I'm assuming Covid-19 made sure that Salt Boxes are not a priority and they are showing their wear. I've always wanted to decorate one, especially the few I see that are lacking the stenciled words SALT BOX on the front. When I noticed the naked salt box on Roland Avenue and 36th St in Hampden, I knew that was the one. I cut the letters from recycled china and affixed them to a plywood panel painted with OSHA official yellow. I installed her in anticipation of the Winter's first snowfall. (Mostly for the photo op.) I tweeted her out into the world and was shocked when I got a reply from Baltimore City Department of Transportation. They loved it and encouraged artists to get creative! This is the best ever outcome to me. Since that day, more than 100 artists have gotten in the game to decorate more than 200 of the boxes.
A gallery of all of my boxes can be found here.
Anyone is welcome to adopt a saltbox! This community project welcomes artists of all skill levels to participate.
Please do not advertise your business. This is art, not a billboard.
Keep the subject matter close to salt or all things Baltimore.
No offensive content, please. If you wouldn’t show it to your grandmother or your kid, don’t put it on a saltbox.
Please don’t cover another person’s art. It’s just rude. There are plenty of boxes to go around.
The easiest way to decorate a saltbox is by putting your art on a 18″ x 23″ panel and affixing it to the front of the box with 4 screws. Be sure the screws do not go all the way through the wood, which could potentially injure a citizen while getting their salt.
Make sure all materials are weather resistant.
Share your art on socials using hashtag #baltimoresaltbox
More info can be found here!
Baltimore Salt Box Coloring Sheet for kids can be found here. The winning design will be made into a real salt box in Fall 2021.
Find all of my salt box goods here.
Salt Box Art is a labor of love for which I do not get paid. Donations for art materials are welcomed!