City unveils new wellness-themed utility-box wraps and banners in South Sacramento

The City this week is unveiling a new public art installation in South Sacramento.

Created by local artist Janine Mapurunga, the installation — titled “Well Together: Portraits of Community” — includes 15 utility-box wraps and 20 banners along Bruceville Road between Consumes River Boulevard and Valley Hi Drive. The theme of the photography installation is health and wellness.

Spearheaded by the City’s Office of Arts & Culture and City Council District 8 — where the installation is located — the Bruceville corridor box-wrap project was completed in collaboration with SMUD, Kaiser Health, Dignity Health and Mack Road Partnership. The artist was selected from competitive application and panel selection process.

“The main factor determining our wellbeing is connection with others,” Mapurunga said. “The happiest and healthiest people in the world are those whose lives are tightly woven within their communities. My goal with this project was to document the ways in which different groups of people in District 8 are nurturing themselves and those around them.”

“Thank you to former Councilmember Larry Carr and current Councilmember Mai Vang for supporting this project,” said Public Arts Manager Donald Gensler. “The pandemic slowed down this unveiling, but I am glad we are now able to share all this excellent work with the community.”

The public is invited to join the Office of Arts and Culture and Councilmember Vang for an online artist talk and dedication event for the installation. The talk will be held Wednesday, June 30 from 5:30 through 6:30 p.m. Please register for the event here.