Saturday, August 25, 2012

Utility Boxes Transformed, Dedham Public Art Project

By Jen Barsamian Dedham Guild and Dedham Shines Co-founder

A blank canvas!

The latest trend in public art is to take ugly eyesores, like utility boxes, and turn them into works of art.  Utility boxes from Boston, Cambridge, Newton, Stowe, Maynard and beyond are challenging local artists to create mini-murals and make art apart of the local landscape.  Dedham Shines, the non-profit with the Dedham Public Art Project under its' umbrella, is launching  this project at a time when public art in Dedham is highly visible.  

Marietta supplies for her work of art

Everyone is enjoying the Dedham rabbits, but they'll be hopping away at the end of October. Utility boxes are here to stay and what a better way to add some color to the town by painting these 3-dimensional canvases? This first box is painted by Dedham resident and Dedham Square Artist Guild co-founder, Marietta Apolloino. In one day she transformed this large grey mass into a field of whimsical flowers that makes me smile every time I pass by. Look for these popping up all over town! For more information visit:

This box is located on High Street near the Dedham Clock in Dedham Crossing. Check it out for yourself.


  1. I've always cringed looking at those ugly utility boxes - adorned only perhaps by long-past political campaigns - and wished they could be transformed just like this! Kudos everyone who made this happen!

    "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." -- Pablo Picasso

  2. Looks like another fun scavenger hunt/photodocumentary topic for The Five-Year-Old!