60 local artists selected to design utility-box wraps in downtown Sacramento

It’s a wrap on the City of Sacramento’s call out to local artists to help create unique coverings for downtown utility boxes.

Sixty artists have been selected to design and install 65 vinyl utility-box wraps in downtown Sacramento. The effort was managed by the City’s Office of Arts and Culture and sponsored by the Capitol Area Development Authority (CADA) and Downtown Sacramento Partnership (DSP).

“This is a great opportunity for our local artists to showcase their diverse site-specific artwork throughout downtown Sacramento,” said Donald Gensler, the City’s public arts project manager. “We have artists from a wide range of artistic disciplines including painters, printmakers, quilters, sculptors, photographers and mosaic artists.”

Each box-wrap installation will live on the city-owned utility boxes for three years, Gensler said.

“This project is about connecting artists with creative opportunities in the public realm and connecting them virtually to each other during the pandemic,” said CADA Executive Director Wendy Saunders. “We hope their art inspires community pride and deters vandalism of the utility boxes.”

The program sought qualifications from artists who were 18 years or older living within 100 miles of Sacramento. Artists were selected based on past work and will be paid $500 per commission to create their design.

Box wraps are expected to be installed by November 2021.

For more listings on other resources, artist calls and other opportunities, visit the Office Of Arts and Culture website here.

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