Thursday, March 13, 2014

Utility Box Art

While driving home from Sam Flax, I noticed this artist painting a utility box in the Mills 50 District. From an article I read, I know that artists are paid $200 to paint a box. That might be enough money to pay for the paint and brushes. This artist was smart since he had a festival tent which kept him out of the scorching Florida sun. He had to maneuver around all the tax refund and foreclosed home signs. He had painted this box once before, but it was taken down when a new 7-11 was constructed on the site.

The weekend before, the auto air conditioning shop across the street caught on fire. He kept painting as fire trucks showed up on the scene. His box depicts urban buildings at odd angles and a single puppy on each panel. You can't go wrong with painting cute puppies. The box is on the corner of North Ferncreek Avenue and Colonial Drive. Grab a 99 cent big gulp at the 7-11 if you stop by, or glance quickly to the right up Ferncreek if you are driving west on Colonial at 50 miles an hour.

I can't believe I didn't write the artists name on the sketch. I did write it in a notebook, but for the life of me, I can't find it. If you know this artist's work, please let me know. I might have to drive by and see if the finished box is signed.

Prints are available for each sketch for $250 and many originals can be purchased for $400. White museum grade shadow box frames are $100 more. You can e-mail Thor at

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