P is for Public Art #atozchallenge

April 18, 2013

Sunflower Painted Utility box

It takes artists and a community that supports the arts to make a town more interesting and beautiful to live in.  For several years now I've been admiring the painted utility boxes throughout Capitola and the Santa Cruz area.

I love the sunflower one above with character in every flower.
This one inspired by old advertising posters is outside the local Safeway:
Painted utility box
My favorites though are those by local artist Bruce Harman.  He won a competition in May of 2009 and ended up getting to paint eight around and near the Capitola Mall.  They all have a Monterey Bay theme.
Under the Sea painted utility box

Sea bass painted utility box

Detail of his Sea Bass

Love the colors in each stroke!

Sea Anemone painted utility box

Sea otter painted utility box

And one can't do Monterey Bay without a Sea Otter!

I did spot a surprisingly plain green one on one of our main drags just this past week.  I don't know how it got missed, but it's a blank canvas for someone!
unpainted utility box
For a few more photos check out this UC Santa Cruz post.
How does your community support the arts?