You know those clunky gray metal boxes at intersections. They are a bit omnipresent around cities but easily looked past. These unwelcoming boxes of variable sizes and rectangular shapes sit at most intersections, along our streets, next to buildings, and in commercial corridors. Wouldn't it be nice to see what a little creativity and initiative can do to turn bland into beautiful? Many cities are doing just that.
|Calgary, Canada (Image |
& Artist: Sam Hester)
|Toronto, Canada (Image: Kayla Rocca)|
|Artist: Kristine Heycants|
Image: City of Minneapolis
- initiated in many cities as graffiti abatement programs,
- boxes are typically painted by professional artists selected through application process,
- not just any box can be painted but typically only utility boxes owned by the city,
- typically painting of boxes can cost anywhere from $800-1800 and is covered by the city or community groups.
Other links and readings:
Calgary Utility Box Public Art Program
Boston's Paintbox Program
Glendale, CAs "Beyond the Box" Program
Rochester, NY - Painted Utility Boxes
Google image search: "painted utility boxes"