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Photos: UArts Students Give Philly Utility Boxes a Facelift

From drab to fab

If you've noticed your local utility box looking a little more colorful recently, you're not alone. More than a dozen of these boxes in Washington Square West have recently received a facelift, turning these typically drab boxes into works of art.

Students at the University of the Arts are behind the artistic makeovers. It's an annual tradition funded by the school and Washington Square West Civic Association that has experienced increased participation each year. Last year, four students participated in the independent design project. This year, 14 students signed up.

Each art installation was inspired by the box's surroundings, whether it was architecture, foliage, surface patterns, or signage. The designs were then printed on vinyl coverings that were fitted to each box.

Here's where you can find all of the installations:

13th Street and Pine Street

8th Street and Pine Street

7th Street and Pine Street

13th Street and Lombard Street

12th Street and Lombard Street

11th Street and Lombard Street

9th Street and Lombard Street

8th Street and Lombard Street

12th Street and Locust Street

9th Street and Locust Street

8th Street and Locust Street

13th Street and South Street

12th Street and South Street

9th Street and South Street

8th Street and South Street

9th Street and Spruce Street