Have you ever passed by a utility box on your morning commute and wondered how it became a work of art? It’s all thanks to PaintBox, one of Boston’s initiatives to beautify the city.
The program is a collaboration between the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, the Boston Transportation Department, and Public Works. It’s been around since 2008, allowing a space for local artists to leave their mark across the city.
Here are a few of the artists from the 2022 program that have left their creative stamp on Boston.
🎨 Jillian King | Jamaica Plain
Stop by Fessenden Street and Norfolk Street to see this artist’s interpretation of JP — complete with JP Honk and Porchfest, the Arnold Arboretum + Jamaica Pond.
🎨 Emma Tavolieri | Roxbury
Located on the corner Shawmut Avenue and Melnea Cass Boulevard, peep the adorable Boston Terrier on a hot pink backdrop.
🎨 Andres Giraldo | Allston-Brighton
Find vibrant mambo + salsa art at the corner of Cambridge and Gordon Streets. Pro tip: the artist encourages dancing by the box, taking a video, and posting it on social media to engage with the work.
🎨 Yami Salazar | Rose Kennedy Greenway
“Alliums in the Greenway,” located at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Milk Street, shows a girl sitting among greenery and flowers.
🎨 Likemind Design | Roxbury
The local mural company added some foodie flair to Washington Street and Melnea Cass Boulevard. Warning: don’t approach hungry.
Want to see even more fresh paint? Search the #paintboxboston on Instagram, or better yet, go for a stroll around your neighborhood and discover them for yourself.