Arlington Public Art

Arlington Public Art

Transformer Boxes

Five 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 YamaguchiMolly Scannell, Aubrey CloutierChi-Yun Lau, and Karen McCarthy/Laurie Bogdan.

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 transformer boxes (also known as “switch boxes”) on our streets. This project appealed to ACAC as a relatively inexpensive and temporary way to improve the streetscape while exposing community members to accessible public art. All past artists have reported that they enjoyed the experience of painting in public and talking to passersby as they worked.