Artist-Designed Utility Boxes
In April 2017, Friends of the Arts put out an open call for art for designs to be printed on St. Louis Park utility boxes in partnership with the City of St. Louis Park. We received 37 submissions from 19 artists, including 8 local St. Louis Park artists. After a panel made up of representatives from Friends of the Arts, the City of St. Louis Park, and the community reviewed the submissions, three pieces were selected and each selected artist received $175 for their work. Their designs will be available for community groups to choose to wrap a utility box in their neighborhood. The three designs are pictured below. A big thank you and congratulations to all the wonderful artists who participated in this call and made the selection process so difficult! For information on how to get a utility box in your neighborhood wrapped, visit the City of St. Louis Park website.
From the artist:
"St. Louis Park has an incredibly welcoming habitat for animals - and kids. This playful image overlays a fish collage atop an abstract caterpillar mosaic creeping along in the background. Together, it’s a fun “Where’s Waldo” of materials: hand-made tile, stained glass, a round clock frame, paper, buttons and beads."
Roots & Shoots, Student Call for Art
In addition to the Friends of the Arts call for art, a group of St. Louis Park high school students from Roots & Shoots conducted their own call for art for utility boxes in an effort to raise awareness of climate change. The group of students worked with iMatter and the City of St. Louis Park to get a utility box wrapped on Earth Day in 2017. The winning image was a photo taken by Nathaniel Sturzl. Other submissions were received from Emma Kempf and Yonah Davis.
This photo, shown above in color as well as black and white, is of from the south of Iceland. It's part of Vatnajökull glacier, which is the largest one in the country. From the artist: "It's like a skeleton decomposing, just like the glaciers are decomposing and meting away."
From the artist: "I do not want to lose the environmental diversity of our planet to climate change. The natural landscape on Earth is varied and unique. Wherever you go, there is something different in the scenery, and climate change threatens the existence of land forms and species that make Earth a dynamic place."
From the artist: "The environment is what keeps mankind alive so it means a lot to me. Beyond ensuring our survival and fulfilling our basic needs such as food and materials for shelter, the environment is a source of pleasure and wonderment for me. I enjoy walking outside and feeling a cool breeze or watching the sun set while having a summer picnic. The environment is also a constant source of inspiration for me whether in the form of raindrops, rock formations, sun sets and more. This is why I choose to submit my photography. I wanted to share how I view the environment. Two of my photos have a more macro perspective which signifies how important the small details and small organisms are to the survival of humans and longevity of the environment. My third photo has a larger perspective which reminds me to look at the bigger picture and the environment as a whole. The photos also capture important components of the environment such the sun and water."