Utility Box Painting Enlivens City Streets and Parks

October 17, 2014

Some plain metal utility boxes in Courtenay got a fresh new look this past spring and summer thanks to the work of local artists. The transformation of boxes was a collaboration between the City of Courtenay and the Comox Valley Community Arts Council.

Dallas Stevenson, Executive Director of the Comox Valley Arts Council, said the project has numerous benefits for the community, “The painted boxes energize public areas, create a feeling of pride in our community, create dialogue, and engage people of all ages.”

The painted boxes have another important benefit: they deter graffiti and vandalism, as taggers generally do not damage artwork.

At Simms Park, the utility box now features musical notes and instruments in bright orange and blue and was painted and designed by artist Barb Mareck.

Another box located at Fitzgerald Avenue and eighth street, painted by artist Teresa L’Hirondelle, is an ocean theme with bright anemones and sea stars.

The newly painted boxes join a number of other utility boxes painted in Courtenay in previous years. 

For more information on utility box artwork, contact the City of Courtenay, Community Services at 250-334-4441.