Five winning contestants from Corning’s Community Art Program will soon be decorating utility boxes around town with their artistic creations.
The five candidates were selected and the designs approved by the city council during the day Tuesday. Regular meeting of October 25.
Phillip Moller of Tehama Creatives paints the 99W Freeway and South Avenue utility box with his “California Poppies” creation.
Two students from Corning High School, Abdiel Campillo and Caidee Johnson, were selected. Campillo paints “Low Rider Cars” on the box at Highway 99W and Solano Street, and Johnson’s assigned utility box is at Solano Street and Marguerite Avenue where she will paint “Olive Trees with a Cardinal.”
North Valley Services program manager Whitney Manning paints the box at Solano Street and Toomes Avenue with “Mental Health Awareness.”
Ruth Myhre of Corning paints the box at Solano and Sixth Streets with her “Old Maywood Motel” design.
“Applicants who have entered more than one design will have the opportunity to paint those designs on trash cans in the Corning and Lennox Fields Community Park,” said Christine Meeds, city planner and director of recreation.
Each artist’s entry or entries were featured by Meeds and she read a statement from each artist explaining their design and how it showcases Corning.
“It has been proven by Americans for the Arts that art is a community has benefits,” said City Manager Kristina Miller.
She explained that the painted designs of utility boxes and trash cans will be changed over the years with new artist designs submitted by local artists.
City Council has asked city staff to decide which artist submissions will go into various trash cans and two pushback cabinets at Community Park and Lennox Field.
Each painting will be covered by the city with a transparent protective layer.