Capitol Box Public Art Project Begins Downtown


Adorned with colorful art, this week, 28 utility boxes will be dressed up as part of a public art display throughout downtown. A project sponsored by the Capitol Area Development Authority (CADA) and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission (SMAC), will activate key utility boxes throughout a portion of downtown Sacramento.

“This idea isn’t new. It’s just new to Sacramento.  Hopefully this project helps to inspire more public art in Sacramento and help the city in building its own image and identity,” said Todd Leon R Street Manager for CADA.


These boxes, located primarily in the Capitol Area Development Authority’s district between 7th and 17th streets and L and S streets in downtown Sacramento will be covered with art from 20 Sacramento artists.

“The project will transform and define the CADA district, while exposing thousands of people every day to the work of artists – most of which are new to the public arena,” said Shelly Willis, SMAC Public Art Program Director. Willis added that it is likely this project will also do something very practical — discourage vandalism.

CADA and SMAC invite the public to attend its Second Saturday artists’ reception August 9, 2014 in honor of the 20 participating artists who were selected for the Capitol Box Art Project.  The reception will begin at 4 p.m. at the Courtyard located at 1322 O Street (corner of 14th and O streets next to Sam’s Market).  In addition to meeting the artists, attendees will be provided walking tour brochures, which detail the location of all 28 art boxes.

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