A new downtown beautification project is scheduled to be dedicated this afternoon with Mayor Tisdahl on hand. It’s called “Evanston: Outside the Box” and it’s the idea of high school senior Emily Lubin.

The idea is to wrap boring utility boxes on downtown sidewalks with vinyl coverings featuring artwork. It’s a technique that we’ve all seeen used commercially to wrap buses and other objects with advertising.

For the pilot project to wrap a utility box on the southwest corner of Church Street and Sherman Avenue the art for the wrapper is an image of Lighthouse Beach taken by Evanston photographer Ted Glasoe.

Another view of the beautified box.

“I wanted to bring a touch of Evanston-specific nature into our downtown through this program, Lubin says. “The art is expected to stay on display for possibly five or six years, so it will give great publicity for the selected artist and our city.”

The project is funded by Downtown Evanston and First Bank & Trust. The Evanston Arts Council supported the public art display by paying an honorarium to the artist.

Lubin says she hopes to expand the project to other utility boxes throughout the city.

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    1. This box…

      … and many others like it belong to the city. Most of them control traffic signals. Others control street lights.

      But yeah, if somebody wanted to dress up, say, the AT&T Uverse boxes, I'm sure the utility would have something to say about that.

      — Bill

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