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Call for Artists: Box Art 2016

Post Date:02/02/2016 12:34 PM

CALL FOR ARTISTS

Utility Box Art Repainting - 2016

Applications accepted until 5 p.m., March 18, 2016.

LogoFINALIn 2010 the City of SLO Public Art Program embarked on a journey to beautify the community through the painting of street utility boxes.  Initially conceived as a highly successful graffiti abatement measure, widespread popularity enabled the program to grow and more utility boxes were painted in 2012.  To date, there are 32 utility boxes throughout our community serving as “canvases” for original art pieces painted by local artists, residents, students and community members of all ages. The SLO Box Art project contributes to the vitality and attractiveness of our community while deterring graffiti and adding to the “curb appeal”.  SLO Box Art is a streetscape showcase for talented local artists and community members to transform standard utility boxes into new public artworks, adding to the vibrancy of our cityscape while creating a sense of place and identity.  The Box Art project is a great opportunity for “SLOcals” to add their personal touches to the city’s public art collection.

SLO Box Art is defined as “temporary public art” which provides for the opportunity to “refresh” periodically with new public art approximately every 5 years.   In response, the City will be working this spring/summer 2016 on refreshing the original box art collection.  The City is currently soliciting proposals to repaint 17 of the first-phase of utility boxes, in addition to 4 second-phase utility boxes that have recently received box modifications.  The 2016 Box Art Repainting Project will include 21 box art locations (see map for details).

 

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