Decorated Utility Box
N 42° 15.918 W 072° 40.153
A painted utility box at 50 Payson Avenue is entitled "Electric!" by the artist.
Easthampton City Arts has commissioned Amy Johnquest to paint this utility box, which was completed in August 2015. In a bit of whimsy, her design represents what is inside the box. The utility box is painted in bold colors and is suggestive of a circus poster. The front of the utility box is painted with a stage with curtains. A large orange banner has the word ELECTRIC in bold white letters. Below a red circle proclaims ALIVE . Yellow lightning bolts surround the circle.
The curtain and stage continues on both sides. The street closest to the street contains a single large yellow lightning bolt striking the stage. The back shows the stage and a blue backdrop for the pun POWER TO THE PEOPLE . Yellow lightning bolts radiating from the message.
The meter side has the meter painted as a clown face. On the left the word ZING is written in lightning bolts. The artist has including the following message:
ANOTHER JOLLY NOVELTY
BROUGHT TO YOU BY
AMY "BANNERQUEEN" JOHNQUEST
WITH LOVE AND THANKS TO
EASTHAMPTON CITY ARTS & (♡ BURNS!)
MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL,
& TO MANCHESTER HARDWARE - for helping
provide the paint