Five utility boxes — also called “transformer” boxes — in town have a new look. The Arlington Commission for Arts and Culture asked local businesses to sponsor the cost of commissioning artists to design and paint selected boxes along Mass Ave. We are grateful to Zhen Ren Chuan Martial Arts, Kickstand Cafe, Arlington Center for the Arts, Ellenhorn, and Custom Contracting, Inc, who each sponsored a box for $300.
This year’s artists are Shunsuke Yamaguchi, Molly Scannell, Aubrey Cloutier, Chi-Yun Lau, and Karen McCarthy/Laurie Bogdan. Their beautiful art is pictured above.
This project began in 2014, when the public art committee, also known around town as Arlington Public Art, began commissioning local artists to design and paint some of the many utility boxes on our streets. The project appealed to ACAC as a relatively inexpensive and temporary way to improve the streetscape while engaging community members to appreciate the simplicity of accessible public art. All past artists have reported that they enjoyed the experience of painting in public and talking to passersby as they worked.
ACAC endeavors to create art for utility boxes in the Spring. If you are a company interested in sponsoring a utility box, please contact ACAC here
! And if you are an artist interested in applying to create art for our utility boxes in town, please check out our Call for Artists page here