Painting Outside the Box

Artful Utility

Pretty boxes all in a row. Temecula, Ca. Photo: d. king

Can’t say I normally pay any attention to those large dreary looking electrical, transformer or utility boxes that line street corners in every city.  Just part of the landscape.

But have you been noticing them lately?

Energy infrastructure is only growing and electric boxes are becoming more needed than ever. Many of these structures have been around for decades, converting power for growing communities. 

Thankfully, a new form of public art has been popping up all over the country.  Colourful displays by local artists have turned these plain electrical boxes into opportunities for beautifying them in public spaces and showcasing local talent.

A little Goh spotted in Temecula.

Palm Springs Public Arts is looking for love in all the right places with traffic boxes designed to link Public Art from the north end to the south end of Palm Springs.

As you can see here, they’ve done an impressive job of making them over.

JoAna Adams – Tamarisk Rd
Kevin Smith – Tachevah

 

Emeline Tate – Sunrise x E Palm Canyon
Rachel Jacobs – Camino Parocela

Kat Gaddis – Amado Rd

 

My friend Ramona painted this one at Tahquitz + Caballeros

Zach Flemming – San Rafael
JoAna Adams – Tramway x Indian Canyon