Downtown Utility Boxes Adorned with Work from Local Artists

Mike Colvin Fast Facts

15 metal utility boxes around downtown are sporting brighter colors and fun designs thanks to submissions from local artists. The first wave of ArtWraps designs was unveiled during Art in the City earlier this month. 14 designs were selected as part of the project in collaboration with The Contemporary Dayton and sponsored by PNC Bank, CareSource, and the City of Dayton Neighborhood Mini Grant. One additional design was printed and installed earlier this summer as an example to artists submitting their designs for consideration. “So many creative artists of all ages in our community are eager to help with this project that will enliven and brighten our streets, and these winning designs emphasize the creativity and innovation that Dayton is known for,” said Sandra K. Gudorf, President of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. Artists were asked to submit bold and positive designs that would help transform everyday objects, like utility boxes, into surprise works of art. Selected artists received $500 for use of their designs. Future phases of the ArtWraps project are planned to begin in 2023.

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