Announcing the second phase of the Dana Point Utility Box public art program


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The Town of Dana Point now has nine artfully designed utility boxes spread throughout the community thanks to the work of local artists. The City of Dana Point and its arts and culture commission are now announcing the second phase of the Utility Box public art program due to the success of the first phase, officials said.

The Arts and Culture Commission will select artists to showcase their work and beautify 14 utility boxes in Dana Point. One of the 14 utility boxes is located in Golden Lantern and Acapulco, next to Dana Hills High School. For this reason, city staff intend to work with Dana Hills High School to design this box.

Savannah Hawnes, 17, says she took inspiration from Venice Beach street art when creating her design for one of Dana Point’s utility boxes. Photo: JPVSPHOTO

According to the Arts and Culture Commission, the Utility Box public art program was launched in mid-2020 to contribute to the vitality and attractiveness of Dana Point’s streetscapes. All artists are chosen on the basis of their ability to represent the city’s culture, its historical heritage or a key activity. Artistic designs cover all four sides and top of utility boxes and are printed onto vinyl by a vinyl wrapping company. Applications will be published on Monday March 22. The deadline for submission is May 25.

“I was really impressed with the variety of design work from the students and professionals who participated in the first phase. I can’t wait to see the inspiration and creativity of the artwork in this next phase, ”said Dana Point Mayor Jamey Federico. “I love driving around our city and seeing these unique and unexpected artistic expressions that convey the history and culture of our city.”

Phase two utility boxes include:

  1. Niguel path and Mariner promenade
  2. Niguel Road and Stonehill Drive
  3. Pacific Coast Highway / Del Prado (east end) and Copper Lantern
  4. Golden lantern and route de la Selva
  5. Pacific Coast Highway and Del Prado (west end)
  6. Pacific Coast Highway and Ruby Lantern
  7. Stonehill Drive and Selva Road
  8. Stonehill Drive and Blue Lantern
  9. Golden Lantern and Terra Vist
  10. Stonehill Drive and Palo Alto Drive
  11. Del Obispo and Blue Sail Drive
  12. Golden Lantern and Stonehill
  13. Pacific coast highway in Malaga
  14. Golden Lantern and Acapulco Drive

The city will choose artists based on artistic excellence, innovation and originality, as well as the relationship between the art and the area where the utility box is located, among other qualifications. An allowance of $ 250 will be paid by the city for each work of art selected.

For more information or to download an app, go to bit.ly/dputilityboxartprogram.

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Kayleen C. Rice