Utility Box Art Program

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In 2010 the City of SLO Public Art Program embarked on a journey to beautify the community through the painting of street utility boxes.  Initially conceived as a highly successful graffiti abatement measure, widespread popularity enabled the program to grow and more utility boxes were painted in 2012. 

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To date, there are 33 utility boxes throughout our community serving as “canvases” for original art pieces painted by local artists, residents, students and community members of all ages. The SLO Box Art project contributes to the vitality and attractiveness of our community while deterring graffiti and adding to the “curb appeal”. SLO Box Art is a streetscape showcase for talented local artists and community members to transform standard utility boxes into new public artworks, adding to the vibrancy of our cityscape while creating a sense of place and identity. The Box Art project is a great opportunity for “SLOcals” to add their personal touches to the city’s public art collection.



Take the #ThinkOutsideTheBoxArt Challenge


Instagram: @slopublicart

The City of San Luis Obispo is excited to expand the Box Art Program. We want you to get out of your daily routine and come visit with these local artists as they add their beautiful murals to our vibrant streetscape. 

Visit at least 5 locations (click here for map), take a photo with the box art and bring your photos to 1341 Nipomo St. to WIN A COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT


Take the “THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX ART” Challenge:

Visit at least 5 new “Box Art” locations that have been designated and take an Instagram photo.

Step 1:  Take a selfie or group photo

Step 2: Tag your photo with the hashtags #SLOBoxArt, #ThinkOutsideTheBoxArt and #SLOpublicart

Step 3: Come into Parks and Recreation, 1341 Nipomo Street, to receive your T-shirt.  Be sure to bring your phone or camera with all five photos, especially if you don’t use Instagram.

Follow @slopublicart on Instagram to begin your challenge!


  • To learn more about the Utility Box Art program, email Melissa Mudgett, Public Art Program Manager, at mmudgett@slocity.org
  • Utility Box Art Guide Printable PDF Map
  • See below for an interactive storyboard map tour!


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