Utility box art

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Utility box art is a form of street art whereby utility boxes on city streets are painted or otherwise covered in artwork.

In cities around the world[edit]

  • Auckland, New Zealand: Paul Walsh series of painted utility boxes. Walsh is inspired by Internet memes.[1]
  • Glendale, California: in January 2014, city officials solicited proposals from artists to paint murals on 26 utility boxes downtown, as part of a greater effort to make the city more arts-friendly like fellow Los Angeles suburbs Santa Monica and Pasadena.[2]
  • Los Angeles: in Downtown Los Angeles, utility boxes were painted in a project taking place during January 2014. The micro-public art project began in Boyle Heights along the First Street Corridor and expanded into downtown and is led by councilman José Huizar.[3]
  • Santa Ana, California: in July 2013, as part of efforts to beautify the city, the Santa Ana City Council set up a Utility Box Art Project and launched a call for artists, with a stipend of $700 for each box plus $200 for supplies.[4]
  • Sequim, Washington sponsors a utility box art program and so far painted utility boxes include those by artists Gary Robertson, Katelin Ghormley and Dale Faulstich.[5]
  • Madison, Wisconsin began placing art on City-owned utility boxes in fall of 2016.[6]


  1. ^ "Urban Van Gogh paints outside the (utility) box". HLN. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  2. ^ "Glendale officials seek artist proposals for downtown murals on utility boxes". Glendale News-Press. January 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-25.
  3. ^ "Painted Utility Boxes Move West to Downtown's 'Indian Alley'". KCET.
  4. ^ Evan Senn (October 24, 2013). "Santa Ana Seeks Artists to Beautify Utility Boxes". Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Pillars, or utility boxes, of Sequim". Sequim Gazette. January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  6. ^ "Art on Utility Boxes" (Press release).