Noticed those painted utility boxes?


this photo is uncredited but I found it here.

Last fall I noticed the utility boxes down Hennepin Ave, being prepped and painted. Apparently it was a project that involved The City of Minneapolis, The Hennepin Theater District and Xcel Energy.

One of its main goals was to prevent and stop graffiti on those boxes. I really like the art aspect of it, it makes it a cool bike ride heading down Hennepin.

I have been looking for more info on who the artists might be and a photo of each but I haven’t found that. I sent out a few emails and we’ll see where that gets me. I might have more info for you, or I might hit a dead end. Anyone else know?

3 Comments so far

  1. Julie (julie) on March 4th, 2009 @ 7:27 am

    Nope, sorry. But I really like these, they seem to change them up every so often and I was always wondering what was going on. It appeared to be legally sanctioned but the art was always pretty neat so I wasn’t sure!

  2. greg on March 4th, 2009 @ 11:16 am

    wow, this is really cool. And cheap to do, i assume.

  3. sberg on March 5th, 2009 @ 8:34 pm

    The utility box arts project was launched by the City of Minneapolis last summer as part of a larger, long-term strategy to update Hennepin Avenue. The city Arts Board, along with Hennepin 2012 ( a group of property owners and managers) the Hennepin Theater Trust, the city’s Community Planning and Economic Development agency and 7th Ward Council Member Lisa Goodman were among those who commissioned and selected art for the boxes. Another major project was undertaken by Juxtaposition Arts and Lund Food Holdings, the grocery chain, to place art in large vacant windows of a Lunds-owned building at 12th and Hennepin. It’s very cool, check it out.

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