Utility boxes to be wrapped with original art

June 24, 2011 7:27:51 PM PDT
A new public art project is going up in Downtown Berkeley in places you wouldn't normally expect to see original works.

Bland-looking utility boxes that scatter the city will soon become canvasses for dozens of artists. The unique aspect of the project is being paid for by local groups and politicians like Mayor Tom Bates, who will each sponsor a box.

"The donors that are sponsoring the boxes choose the artist that they would like to work with," said Ariana Katovich with Earth Island Institute. "We create a design from there. The artists will receive some feedback from the donor about the theme they are supposed to be creating.

The artwork will be printed on large polymer stickers and then wrapped around sixty utility boxes throughout the city.

The organizers are still looking for sponsors and artists for the project.

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