Artistic Utility Boxes

Bbox art1y Lindsey Feiner

All over the world, artists and neighborhoods have been wrapping utility boxes in an effort to reduce graffiti and beautify their communities. We’ve started out by wrapping three utility boxes in Field Regina Northrop with pre-approved designs provided by the City of Minneapolis, but we have many more boxes to wrap! We want these boxes to reflect FRN’s values, history, diversity and strengths.

The beauty of this project is that the term “artist” is broad; you do not need to be a painter. Woodworking, graphic design, quilting, needlepoint, ceramics, photography, metalwork and more all apply! You could submit for consideration an existing piece or something you want to create just for this project. The artwork just needs to be something we can scale and reproduce into the utility-box format. For instance, if you are a sculptor, we may be able to use a photograph of your work on a wrap.

Any local artist who is interested in learning more about our utility-wrap project can apply by emailing Please tell us about your artwork and how the neighborhood’s values and strengths are displayed in it.

Artists will be compensated with a small stipend and a box description with artist info on the FRNNG website.

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