Welcome to the first question in our new ASK DTEP section. Here at the Downtown Management District (DMD), we receive many questions daily, both on social media, our website, and over the phone. Some questions are asked often, and others are offbeat inquiries but great questions nonetheless. In this section, we will take one of your questions and answer it as best we can in an effort to better communicate to the public. Chances are if someone is wondering about something, someone else is too.
Our first question:
I’ve noticed that some of our downtown utility boxes have cool artwork on them. Who’s responsible for that? Will there be artwork put on all the utility boxes? I think it really adds to our downtown vibe!
Most of our answer will be directly pulled from the a press release by the Museums and Cultural Affairs (MCAD.
“The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), along with the Streets and Maintenance Department, wrapped City-owned street signal utility boxes with works by local artists in downtown as part of the Beauty and the Box program.
The Beauty and the Box program will oversee installation of artwork on 29 utility boxes throughout downtown. MCAD selected the designs through an open call to artists held earlier [last] year . Thirteen different local artists created and designed the pieces. The program is a creative way to share more art with the city, add beauty otherwise plain to metal traffic boxes, celebrate the work of local artists and deter graffiti and vandalism. ”
The following 13 local artists currently have their pieces on display across the downtown area:
- Candy Mayer – El Paso Postcard
- Andy Diaz – Star on the Mountain
- Rigoberto de la Mora – Low Rider Pride
- Julian A. Vidales – Guardians
- Rob Mack – El Paso Welcomes You
- M. Angie Salazar – Visions #1
- Alex Briseño – Heritage
- Vanessa K. Clark – EP, TX
- Terrance Flores – Alphagator
- Rogelio Lozano – El Lagarto
- Lorena Williams – Aguas Fresca
- Yolanda Garcia – Woman with Headdress
- Arturo M. Enriquez – El Paso Style
Art Curious, we thank you for writing us, and hope this answered your question.
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