Monday, December 8, 2008

It's a wonder what a little paint can do

A delightful thing has been happening in our area for the last few years (perhaps even all over Israel, can any of my Israeli readers fill me in?). Those ugly gray utility cabinets you (used to!) see all over town have been getting facelifts by local artists and high school art students, and what a change it has made. Instead of seeing something ugly and utilitarian we get to see these instead:

(Names of the town, local school and artist have been removed or fuzzed out - I apologize for not giving credit, but I don't feel right about putting that much identifying information out there.).
This one is a favorite of mine. I love the quote on the right-hand side: The Modern Age began the day that Nature became Scenery. (The left side says "The Wheels of Time in the Streets of the Galaxy".)
I've got one more really stunning one, but I'm saving that one for Ruby Tuesday - be sure to come by tomorrow to see it.


Leora said...

I have a photo of one from Tsfat and one from Jerusalem. Yours are "funkier". Look forward to seeing your Ruby Tuesday.

Here's my two utility box photos, in this post: Art in Israel

Love those Chinese looking birds. And the Wheels of Time bit reminds me of the Yellow Submarine.

anymommy said...

So interesting, I love this kind of public project. Can't wait to see the Ruby Tuesday version!

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Those are truly awesome. Oh, the power of art to make our lives better and our landscape more interesting.

Anonymous said...

Those are beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Just goes to show that a little bit of color and a lot of imagination can do to create wonders for that very special something so dear to our hearts, leading up to those real happy moments which last a lifetime!

marcia@joyismygoal said...

Oh I like this so much

Sheva said...

Hi i stumbled onto you blog and i love this. I love the woman lighting Shabbos candles. What is in these utility boxes?

Robin said...

Thank you Sheva, and welcome. To answer your question, some are for the telephone infrastructure, others for electricity, etc.