Utility boxes get a boost of color with ArtSpark. (Photo: Artspark.org)

Seeking to “add more vibrancy and art to our streets,” businesses and organizations are teaming up with artists to design colorful wraps for downtown Chattanooga utility boxes.

ArtSpark offers local artists the opportunity to propose a design which will be printed on a vinyl covering to wrap around a selection of utility boxes.

Artists can submit ideas through Sept. 4. At least 20 designs will be selected to cover utility boxes that dot major intersections around downtown from Aquarium Way to 13th Street and from Broad Street to Georgia.

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Design selection will occur in September with the final designs being printed and vinyl wrapped on the utility boxes by this December.

More information is available here. 

Artists can view the Call to Artists and the spec sheet for all 20 utility boxes. 

20 utility boxes will be covered. (Photo: ArtsparkCHA.com)

From the release:

Prompted by this and the desire to add more vibrancy and art to our streets, River City Company and EPB along with the Chattanooga Department of Transportation, CDOT, and in partnership with Public Art Chattanooga are launching ArtSpark. For ArtSpark, local artists will have the opportunity to propose a design which will be printed on a vinyl covering to wrap around a selection of utility boxes in Downtown Chattanooga.

“While Downtown already has a wonderful sampling of colorful and dynamic art, we see these utility boxes as blank canvasses that our local artists can recreate with color, energy, curiosity and meaning,” states Amy Donahue, Director of Marketing and Communication for River City Company.

EPB is working with additional partners including the UTC – Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA), Hamilton County Public Schools and ArtsBuild on ArtSpark Goes to School which is a robust pilot educational program centered on electricity that will conclude with up to five EPB owned utility boxes being covered with art designs from local high school students.

“EPB is excited to serve with dynamic organizations in ways that ignite student imagination, enhancing quality of life for everyone in our community through public art,” states Elizabeth Hammitt, EPB Director of Community and Environmental Stewardship.

ArtSpark is made possible by the Lyndhurst Foundation.

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