Berkeley beautification: Transforming the utilitarian

By Kim Weisberg

Following our coverage of the mosaic-covered bollards on Ashby and Fulton, the person behind their metamorphosis, Lisa Bullwinkel, got in touch to let us know of a great way for people to get involved with a beautifying project for our fair city. She writes:

Attention local businesses and artists:
There are 60 utility boxes within the Downtown Berkeley Area. All of them are grey. [Ed: As shown in photo, top left. The other two boxes are in Imperial Beach and Emeryville.] The “60 boxes project” will work to transform these boxes into art.

Using the theme “Sustainability”, we will create 60 mini-murals on the boxes around town and create a “walking tour” website for the public.


The Earth Island Institute has support from the Civic Arts Commission to produce this effort, secure funding, hire artists and begin painting. All images will go the Civic Arts Commission for final approval.

Join us to learn more about how you can be involved.

WHAT: Artist and business meet and greet with the 60 boxes project
WHEN: Thursday, April 1st at 6 p.m.
WHERE: Earth Island Institute, at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Suite 460 Berkeley, CA 94704
HOSTED BY: Ariana Katovich and Julia Robertson
CONTACT: 510.859.9154 or ariana@earthisland.org