DO NOT BEWARE OF ART ON UTILITY BOXES. THESE ARE A PHONE CALL TO YOUR UTILITY COMPANY AWAY.
That’s probably news to a lot of owners who hate the necessary nuisance a utility box can be. In the past, this has been deemed too difficult to burn calories by utility providers. But now, the people have spoken and won’t put up with a utilitarian box that encourages property damage when art is the simple solution. This is easier than it once was to accomplish.
The conversation you’re going to have with the phone, cable, electrical or other company is going to be about the signage, keyholes and doors. These are the small things that make this box work when people are working on it. To a veteran artist, that’s pretty common sense stuff. The conversation you want to have with your professional artist is about prepping the box for the best execution and result afterwards. Like a magician, I will not show you my tricks but it’s fairly involved.
These privately sponsored projects do a lot for a Community and its walkability. This program has been so well received that the utility companies have had to fall in line. These small public art projects provide emerging artists with opportunities and helps them develop relationships with these governmental groups.
In either instance, though, this pop of public art greets pedestrians, provokes engagement of formerly dead space and deters vandalism almost absolutely. I can count on 1 hand the stories I’ve heard of art boxes getting defaced.
Here are some art boxes I’ve done.