September 4, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT
Local artist David Spear paints a traffic control box in downtown Columbia on Tuesday morning at the corner of 9th Street and Broadway. Spear worked until 4 a.m. Tuesday on the piece, took a break and resumed his work a little before 10 a.m. While he has been commissioned to paint this first control box, he says he hopes other artists will ask permission to decorate boxes throughout downtown.