Map of the Month – New Utility Box Art

“Where We Call Home,” by Darcie Roberts. It is located at Occidental Road and S. 64th Avenue.

In recent months the City of Yakima has wrapped three additional utility or traffic signal cabinets in art created by local artists; “Where We Call Home” by Darcie Roberts, “Monarchs” by Barb Smith Gilbert and, in May 2021, “Soulmates” by Cecilia Hudon.

In 2016, the Yakima Arts Commission — an advisory group appointed by the City Council — began a project to wrap selected signal cabinets with designs by Yakima-area artists. As the program continues, more art is being showcased all across the area.

The City of Yakima’s Geographic Information Systems Department created an interactive map showing locations and photos of all 19 utility box art pieces installed to date.

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.