I saw a call for artists to paint over existing art boxes in San Luis Obispo. I don’t understand why the city of San Luis Obispo is having artists paint over 17 utility boxes. There are plenty of utility boxes around town that haven’t been painted yet, and some neighborhoods have asked to have the art box project come to their streets.
These artists have spent hours upon hours digging into their creative minds to come up with ideas, then doing detailed renderings and applications to submit for a box. Then, when approved, they spend days working on the boxes in sometimes unforgiving conditions, being told they must use high-quality expensive paint for longevity. They do all this for a small amount of money and the chance to have their art displayed to the public. So to paint over an artist’s hard work is disrespectful and a waste of money. They should put the money toward other unpainted boxes or other public art.
-- Che Miller - San Luis Obispo