David Johansson’s “Benevolent Broadcast” adds some pizazz to the new utility box at the intersection of Spring Creek Road and W. Washington Avenue. It is the latest installment of over 20 utility boxes the City of Yakima has wrapped in artwork.
The City of Yakima’s Geographic Information Systems Department created an interactive map showing locations and photos of all the utility box art pieces installed to date.
In 2016, the Yakima Arts Commission — an advisory group appointed by the City Council — began a project to wrap selected utility cabinets with designs by Yakima-area artists. As the program continues, more art is being showcased all across the area.
The community beautification project involves swapping the plain green or metal boxes at intersections around Yakima and dressing them up with colorful local art selections.
The Arts Commission selects work by Yakima area artists to be printed and sends the selections over to the City of Yakima sign shop, which prints and installs the art.