Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Decorated Utility Box: Flowers, Insects, and Animals - Springfield, MA

Flowers, Insects, and Animals
Springfield, MA

N 42° 06.384 W 072° 35.398

Short Description: 

A painted utility box on the northwest corner of Chestnut and Worthington Streets in Springfield, MA is filled with brightly colored flowers, insects and animals.

Long Description:

Eighteen artists have been chosen by the Springfield Central Cultural District to paint and beautify electrical utility boxes in the downtown area of Springfield. The first boxes were painted on Monday May 23, 2016 and the program will continue throughout the month and beyond. Many of the paintings will be sponsored by local organizations and businesses. This painted utility box was sponsored by McIntosh Condos.

Catherine Burton as created an elaborately painted utility box. It's painted blue and decorated with red, yellow and orange flowers. Inter-dispersed among the flowers are equally brightly colored insects and animals, mostly red ladybugs. The space between the flowers is filled with curlicues.

The street side has a red and yellow flower and two ladybugs. The sidewalk side has a red and orange flower along two small pink flowers. At the top are the faces of two female figures, not the artists however. The northwest side has a single large red flower, a ladybug, and a tiny elephant. It is signed Cathi B and Nini. The southeast side has has the dedication - Condos at the top along with a martini glass. Around the meter are: two stick figures, a lizard, a coconut palm tree with a man sleeping at its base, a fly, and a snail. Below are more red and yellow flowers and a stylized butterfly.

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